The deadline for the exit of all U.S. combat troops from Iraq is set for the end of the year. Sporadic and devastating violence continues. Last month saw more than 350 violent incidents and has seen the deaths of many more than 100,000 civilians since 2003. In Baghdad on Wednesday there were three attacks: a suicide bombing, a bomb under a car, and an assassination. From The Guardian:
Maliki said on Wednesday night that Iraq now had an army, one that was capable and able to “respond to any threat”. “It doesn’t mean it is going to be easy. But we are going to train, we are going to work. And we will protect Iraq.”
The next few months will be a crossroads for Iraq. The nation faces both near and long-term challenges to its stability. There are weak political institutions and a weaker economy, constitutional ambiguity, lingering sectarian tensions and persistent security threats. America Abroad zeros in on a couple of pieces of the complex puzzle that is Iraq today. Listen to Iraq, the Next Act.