deja vu all over again
U.S. troops are beginning to withdraw from Iraq, The Associated Press reports, now that the Islamic State has lost nearly all its territory and the government of Iraq has declared its war with the terrorist group finished.
If this feels familiar, that's because it is. The war in Iraq, which began in 2003, previously "ended" in 2011 after a four-year withdrawal process. And this time, like last time, the drawdown will not effect a final end to U.S. intervention in Iraq. "Continued coalition presence in Iraq will be conditions-based, proportional to the need and in coordination with the government of Iraq," said coalition spokesman Army Col. Ryan Dillon.
In other words: Don't expect this new "end" to the war to be quick, total, or permanent.
The U.S. soldiers leaving Iraq are not necessarily coming home, either. Many are being transferred to Afghanistan, AP reports, where the United States' longest war rages on.