What’s next in Iraq as U.S. continues troop drawdown

August 26, 2011

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(AP /Jerome Delay)
An Iraqi government building burns during one of the first days of America’s “shock and awe” campaign in Baghdad in March, 2003.

The end of the war in Iraq is finally in sight, though the terms of disengagement are still very vague. It’s expected that by the end of this year, the U.S. and Iraq will reach a new “status of forces” agreement, leaving approximately 10,000 to 15,000 American troops in Iraq. If they don’t come to an agreement, all U.S. troops will have to leave the country by December 31, 2011.

Today, we reflect on the current state of U.S. involvement in Iraq with Joseph Kechichian, a Middle East policy expert. Joseph is the CEO of Kéchichian & Associates, a consulting group that provides analysis on the Arabian and Persian Gulf regions.