According to the US military, the troop level in Iraq has dipped slightly below 100,000, the first time the level has fallen this low since the 2003 invasion. The level officially stands at 98,000.
For much of the invasion, the US kept 100,000 or slightly more troops in the nation, but diversions to Afghanistan have dipped the level to a new low. During the campaign, President Obama claimed he would remove all troops from Iraq by May 2010.
This clearly has been abandoned, but the Pentagon says they remain “on track” to have the troop level down to around 50,000 by August, a level which the Obama Administration has said they intend to maintain this level “indefinitely” to protect American interests in the region.
Multiple high profile bombings have drawn speculation that the drawdown to 50,000 could be delayed. The election delays and a prospective Sunni boycott could also fuel sectarian tensions.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- US Plans to 'Counter' Russia and China in Africa - December 13th, 2018
- Bolton: Trump Won't Meet Putin While Russia Holds Ukrainian Ships - December 13th, 2018
- Turkey Builds Up Military at Syria Border for Planned Offensive - December 13th, 2018
- Israel to Approve Thousands of Unauthorized West Bank Settler Homes - December 13th, 2018
- Yemen Talks End With Ceasefire Agreed for Hodeidah - December 13th, 2018