America Leaves Iraq: Is the Mission Accomplished at Last?

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President Obama did not say "mission accomplished," but he did say yesterday that all combat operations in Iraq will end this month, as he promised. Fifty thousand American troops will remain, but the State Department will lead what's become a civilian effort, using the biggest embassy in the world. But Iraq has no permanent government. There's disagreement over how much violence has really declined and fears it will increase when US troops are gone. Is the US still relevant? What about Iran? How do Iraqis feel about America's role, and what's the future for five million displaced people?

Credits

Guests:
Liz Sly - Washington Post - @lizsly, Wayne White - Middle East Policy Council - @middleeastinst, Michael Rubin - American Enterprise Institute - @mrubin1971, Hiwa Osman - Media Advisor, then-Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, Rami Khouri - syndicated columnist, senior fellow at the Belfer Center and professor of public policy at the American University of Beirut - @RamiKhouri

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Frances Anderton, Andrea Brody, Darrell Satzman