As US troops plan to withdraw from Iraq, what are the parallels with Afghanistan?

Iraqi Army officers wear protective masks, following an outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as they walk with U.S. officers before a handover ceremony of U.S.-led coalition forces to Iraqi security forces. It’s part of a drawdown of coalition troops at the Nineveh presidential palace, in Nineveh, Iraq, March 30, 2020. Photo by REUTERS/Abdullah Rashid.

U.S. President Barack Obama announced plans to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq a decade ago. But about 2500 American troops are still currently in the country. They had to return three years after Obama pulled them out to fight ISIS. Now as Iraqis have been watching the chaos in Afghanistan, they’re worried about what could happen at the end of the year, when the U.S. is scheduled to end its combat mission in Iraq. American troops will stick around just to train and advise the Iraqi military.

Credits

Guest:

  • Bilal Wahab - Nathan and Esther K. Wagner Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy