US president Barack Obama said in his speech on the last day of August that the US is ending its combat operations in Iraq. Similarly, seven years ago, on May 1st, 2003, former president George W Bush announced that major combat operations were over to the jubilation of the Americans. They were not.
And the remaining 50 thousand US troops to be evacuated from Iraq by the end of next year can easily get involved with local military operations to ensure political stability but their operations would assume a new name. At the same time, sectarian violence threatens to rise amidst political impasse, economic stagnation and uninsured security.
The neighboring Arab countries including Iran want to exert political influence to sway the cabinet-making process and to fill the power vacuum in a volatile Iraq. How shall we estimate the consequences arising from the US drawdown and the proposed final pullout of all of its combat troops from Iraq? What is the legacy of the post US-occupation Iraq?
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