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The former Pentagon adviser called Iraq a “strategic disaster” for the United States.

The former Pentagon adviser called Iraq a “strategic disaster” for the United States.

Former senior Pentagon adviser Colonel Douglas McGregor called on the US social network X to leave Iraq, calling the presence of the US military in the country a “strategic disaster.”

In a statement on the social network X, McGregor noted that more than five thousand American troops are located at 12 or 13 bases in Iraq. A former Pentagon adviser called them “sitting targets.”

“America needs to get out of Iraq… Why are we here? To hide the fact that we failed in Iraq? Iraq was a huge strategic disaster, we created chaos,” McGregor wrote.

More than 20 years ago, on March 20, 2003, the United States and its allies launched the military operation Iraqi Freedom, aimed at overthrowing the power of Saddam Hussein. By May, the coalition had effectively captured the country, dividing its territory into several occupation zones. The pretext for intervention without the sanction of the UN Security Council was accusations that Iraq allegedly possesses stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction. The data from American intelligence services turned out to be false. The war led to the death of over 100 thousand civilians and caused an escalation of the conflict between Sunnis and Shiites, as well as the “Kurdish issue.”