Listen: Iraq, Taliban, Director discussed on PM Tampa Bay with Ryan Gorman
"After the for the the Russians left, which was it's been a mess. Afghans know nothing about but war, you know, it's gonna last three decades. Right. And I also find it hard to believe that the Taliban are going to be able to to make a promise like that. Honestly, make a promise like that. When you've got the Pakistanis who they can't even handle ISIS and Al Qaeda in their region and Pakistan has been a, you know, both a help to us, but also a hindrance in terms of both the Taliban and ISIS will go across the border into Pakistan rearm resupply in the come back and attack. And it's been a it's been a real problem. We're talking to Tampa Bay times military reporter Howard Allman here on PM Tampa Bay. There's a big leader in Iraq who wants us out. This is nothing new we've had leaders before who have wanted us out. But why do they want us out? And how big of an issue. It could be it could be very big Keisha Cajal, who's a Iraqi Shia leader says he wants the that that now that Islamic state is largely taken care of not totally but largely taking care of the he sees that the presence of fifty two hundred US troops in in Iraq is no longer needed. In this threatened to you know. Make the US lead by force if necessary and. Coach was. Today talking about security issues, and he talked about how the how should our shabby the Shia militias in Iraq are the biggest threat to the US troops there. And that's something when I talked to Jove Otell, the outgoing commander of Centcom, you know, in Baghdad that was one of his biggest concerns is that about one hundred thousand Iraqi militias before Mozell fall fell. And that most of them were lying with Iran that would create his big problem. Now, we're seeing this continued is is we go into the new administration a new director. CIA still a huge concern. They made it very clear at the intelligence committee hearing today that ISIS is not defeated still a problem in the region reiterated that. In terms of the situation in Iraq itself. How does the president's comments that he's made repeatedly? Whether it's about Afghanistan or Iraq or Syria wanting to withdraw how does that play into the dynamic. I mean, this is the same problem that that Obama had when he came a time line. You know, when when when the adversary knows what you're going to do is wait us out. We we know that it became a big issue in the negotiations with the Taliban because the Taliban. Why would they give up anything when they're hearing that the president wants to get out regardless? We look at things in terms of, you know, days and hours and years and they're looking at eons. Yeah. And you know, they're still in in many ways in the seventh century, the, you know in Iraq, and I talked to San com today. And there's there's no change yet. But if there's no we're in Iraq at the behest of the Iraqi government, they don't sign a renew a stash of forces agreement. We get out which is why. Which is basically the reasoning that Obama gave in terms of getting out the first time when he started pulling troops out. Well, look how that turned out two thousand eleven when the US forces withdrew. You know,."