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How Maliki and Iran outsmarted the U.S. on troop withdrawal

Posted by seumasach on December 19, 2011

Gareth Porter

IPS

16th December, 2011

 

WASHINGTON, Dec 16, 2011 (IPS) – Defence Secretary Leon Panetta’s suggestion that the end of the U.S. troop presence in Iraq is part of a U.S. military success story ignores the fact that the George W. Bush administration and the U.S. military had planned to maintain a semi-permanent military presence in Iraq.

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The untold story of US retreat from Iraq

Posted by seumasach on December 19, 2011

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Asia Times

The plot was believed to be as follows: Washington wanted to keep long-term US military presence in Iraq but the popular opinion in Iraq militated against it, which ultimately left the Barack Obama administration no choice but to comply with the Status of Forces Agreement [SOFA] and to withdraw all the troops by the stipulated deadline of December 2011.

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