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August 19th, 2010

Iraq withdrawal US withdraws from Iraq

BAGHDAD, IRAQ: The last US combat forces have withdrawn from Iraq.

  • Last military convoy drove over border with Kuwait this morning.
  • Over 4000 US troops and approximately 100,000 civilians are believed to have been killed in the years following the invasion.
  • 50,000 US troops remain in the country as military trainers. They will be withdrawn by the end of 2011.
  • Analysts scrutinize prospects for Iraq’s political future, and potential deterioration in security, following US withdrawal.

Analysts available for comment:

PATRICIA DEGENNARO is Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute and a subject matter expert on Afghanistan and Iraq for the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command Center for Intelligence. She recently returned from Iraq where she studied first hand the current military transition to civil authority. See full bio…
Location: New York, USA

JOOST HILTERMANN is Deputy Director of the Middle East and North Africa Program at International Crisis Group. He is an expert on Iraq, including issues relating to the political transition, constitutional process and the situation of the Kurds. From 1994-2002, he served as Executive Director of the Arms Control Division at Human Rights Watch. He was the primary researcher for HRW on the 1987-88 Al-Anfal campaign by the Saddam Hussein regime, a campaign that sought to annihilate the Kurdish population in northern Iraq. See full bio…
Location: Washington, DC, USA

ALEX VATANKA is Middle East Senior Analyst for IHS Jane’s, the only civilian organization to have an office in the Pentagon. Vatanka specializes on the geopolitics of the Middle East, and the security situation in Iran, Afghanistan and the Gulf Cooperation Council states. He is the managing editor of Jane’s Islamic Affairs Analyst. He is a specialist on Iran, the GCC states, Middle East regional affairs, and US policy on Middle East. See full bio…
Location: Washington, DC, USA

MICHAEL O’HANLON is senior author of the Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan Index projects at the Brookings Institution. He has commented frequently for the media on developments in the Kurdistan region. He previously served as a national security analyst for the Congressional Budget Office and the Secretary of State’s International Security Advisory Board.
Location: Washington, DC, USA

ABDALLAH SCHLEIFER is a veteran journalist who has covered the Middle East for American and Arab media for more than thirty years. From 2006 to 2007, he was Washington Bureau Chief for the Al Arabiya TV network, and has previously worked for NBC, The New York Times, and The Jerusalem Star. He currently serves as Professor Emeritus at the American University in Cairo. See full bio…
Location: Cairo, Egypt

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