39,000 soldiers will leave Iraq this year, but US military control will continue in such guises as security and training
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 25 October 2011
"....Jonathan Steele wrote that the Iraq war was over and the US had learned "that putting western boots on the ground in a foreign war, particularly in a Muslim country, is madness". Yet this madness may continue in a different guise, as there is a huge gap between rhetoric and reality surrounding the US departure from Iraq. In fact, there are a number of avenues by which the US will be able to exert military influence in the country.
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