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the loot of world resources, they are trying to escape from the burdens of US initiated or led armed actions in the world. They began a search for new friends and combinations in an attempt to improve their own positions in the competition. Rather than as a move to relinquish the US role as a leading world power, we can see Trump’s talk about “America First” more as an attempt to assert the primacy of US interests and the talk like, “US cannot continue to be a policeman of the world” can be seen essentially as an attempt to tell to its allies to take the US lead unwaveringly in the world. At a time when Trump was talking about the withdrawal of troops from Syria, the White House spokesperson Sara Sanders clarified: “The victories over ISIS in Syria don’t signal the end of the Global Coalition or its campaign. We have started returning US troops as we transition to the next phase of this campaign.” One US official told that America had consulted its partners and allies on the decision. It must be noted that a “complete withdrawal of US troops from Syria would still leave a sizeable US military presence in the region, including about 5,200 troops across the border in Syria. Much of the campaign in Syria earlier has been waged by war planes flying out of Qatar and other locations in West Asia. Addressing the US troops in Iraq on Dec 25, 2018 Trump said: “If we see something happening with ISIS that we don’t like, we can hit them so fast and so hard they really won’t know what the hell happened.” US And Iraq Commenting on the proposed withdrawal of US troops from Syria, the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said: “It in no way changes January - 2019 anything that this administration is working alongside Israel.” “The counter ISIS campaign continues, our efforts to counter Iranian aggression continue and our commitment to the Middle East stability and the protection of Israel continues in the same way it did before that decision was made”. Trump made it clear that US has no intention to withdraw troops from Iraq. This could be used as a future base “if we wanted to do something in Syria.” According to an Iraqi political analyst Hisham – Hashmi, “Iraq is important because of its strategic location. The presence of US troops reassures both Jordan and Saudi Arabia and strike a balance between the Khurds and Turkey and Turkish, Iranian and Iraqi triangle.” It also aids “Israel’s desire to block Tehran – Beirut route and offset Iran’s strengthening presence in the region.” Thus the withdrawal of US troops from Syria is a small, temporary re-adjustment being made in the deployment of forces with an aim of further strengthening the striking power of the US forces. At the same time the US drive for domination is also facing many hurdles and problem. At the end of nearly two decades long war against the Afghan people, the US is compelled to try for a negotiated settlement with Taliban, without, of course, abandoning the method of force. The US had opened the dialogue with North Korea, though it once threatened to blow up, with an intention to disarm it while keeping itself fully armed. However, the alertness of Korean people and their leadership are making this dream difficult to realize. The US is pursuing with all seriousness its strategy of imposing its domination over the Asia, Asia – Pacific region. But it is faced with formidable foes in the region and the politics of domination are facing an ever growing opposition among the people of the region. US hopes to use Iraq as its potential military base to push through its hegemonic policies in the Middle East. But, right in Iraq itself, the US is faced with ever growing opposition. The demands among the people as well as political forces inside the Iraq parliament for an immediate and total withdrawal of US troops from Iraq are growing strong. The opposition to the use of Iraq as a launching pad for US attacks against the countries and forces opposed to the politics of domination are growing strong. The US still maintains nearly 800 bases in more than 70 countries and territories. US has no intention to abandon them. It continues to possess most sophisticated Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and aspire for world hegemony. The US sits on the mountains of these weapons not for a fun, but to use them to frighten and force the world people to accept the US hegemony. So, no one should be swept away by the claims, pretences and assurances of imperialist powers. All peace loving forces and people must demand the imperialist powers in general and the US in particular to immediately : 1) stop the production and destroy all types of WMD; 2) Dismantle all their military bases on land, sea and outer space; 3) withdraw all troops from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, South Korea, Japan, Middle East and other countries; 4) Abandon Military Alliances – global, regional and bilateral; 5) stop all acts of threats, bullying, and domination and intervention into the affairs of other countries; 6) respect the independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity of countries and the principle of equality in the relations between the countries. ™ 9