Q&A: U.S. combat troops withdrawal from Iraq

20:45, September 01, 2010      

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U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday formally announced the end of the seven-year-long U.S. combat mission in Iraq.

The following are some key questions concerning the U.S. troops withdrawal from Iraq.

WHY DID THE U.S. PULL OUT ITS TROOPS?

The Iraq War, which started on March 20, 2003, caused huge financial losses and casualties to the United States, led to severe U.S. domestic political conflicts, and tarnished its image in the international community.

Before the U.S. midterm elections scheduled in November, Obama hopes to woo more voters to support his Democratic Party in the elections by withdrawing U.S. combat troops from Iraq, a commitment Obama made during his presidential campaign in 2008.

Moreover, the United States has decided to transfer the strategic emphasis of its overseas military operations from Iraq to Afghanistan.

CAN THE U.S. SEE THE IRAQ MISSION A VICTORY?

The U.S. political aim in Iraq was to establish a U.S.-leaning and stable Iraqi government, the economic aim was to ensure its oil interests in the country, and the geo-political aim was to curb Iran's influence in Iraq.

Currently, the above objectives haven't been altogether accomplished. So we can hardly say the United States has withdrawn its combat troops after achieving a victory.

WHAT ARE THE MAIN TASKS OF THE REMAINING U.S. TROOPS?

The remaining 50,000 U.S. troops in Iraq will focus on training Iraqi soldiers and police, cooperating with Iraq forces on anti-terror missions, and protecting U.S. military and civilian facilities against insurgent attacks.


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