MESOPOTAMIA NEWS EXCLUSIV : TALKING TO MAJ GENERAL GHIKA (UNITED STATES RMY IRAQ) – THE IRAN LINKED THREATS IN IRAQ
SOUTH KURDISTAN (IRAQ)
#pt: One journalist said that if one walked onto the @CJTFOIR base in #Baghdad, the threat level would be posted for all to see. When asked to reveal that threat level, @oirdcom Maj. Gen Ghika refused to do so — “if you come to the base, you can see the threat level,” he said.
Following some tough questioning, @oirdcom Maj. Gen Ghika appears to be slightly backtracking on Qs over #Iran-linked threats. – Apparent parsing between “#PMF” and “other [#Iran proxy] militias” – “I’m not going to go into where the threats have increased or decreased…”
.@oirdcom Maj. Gen Ghika not very open to demands made in al-Shuheil recently (see tweet) – “We’re monitoring these protests… I think we’re through that phase… everyone realizes the predominant threat in the area is #ISIS & to break now would allow the regrowth of #ISIS.
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After a tribal meeting in al-Shuheil, leaders issued 5 demands to @CJTFOIR: 1. Give authority of Arab areas to “their sons”…
Intriguing choice of words by @oirdcom Maj. Gen Ghika: – “There are a range of threats… in #Iraq & #Syria… #Iran-backed forces are clearly one of them… there are a substantial number of such groups… We don’t see any increase in threat from *many* of them at this stage.”