US Formally Ends Combat Mission in Iraq, But No Troops are Leaving

US Formally Ends Combat Mission in Iraq, But No Troops are Leaving

Keeping troops in Iraq will achieve little but create a tripwire for further conflicts with Iraq’s Shia militias. The US troops are technically staying in Iraq to advise and train the government in its fight against ISIS remnants. But the US presence is likely more about curbing Iranian influence and supporting the US occupation of eastern Syria.

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