Accession Number:

AD1100424

Title:

Weighing U.S. Troop Withdrawal from Iraq: Strategic Risks and Recommendations

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report

Corporate Author:

RAND NATIONAL DEFENSE RESEARCH INST SANTA MONICA CA SANTA MONICA United States

Report Date:

2020-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

38.0

Abstract:

In this Perspective, we assess the possible strategic risks associated with U.S. military withdrawal from Iraq and recommend policies to help the United States meet its strategic objectives in the Middle East. As of early 2020, the United States has several thousand military personnel in Iraq providing direct combat assistance to Iraqi security services and to U.S. forces in eastern Syria. Following the targeted killing of Iranian Major General Qassim Suleimani in January 2020, the Iraqi parliament passed a non binding measure calling for the ejection of foreignand primarily U.S.military forces from Iraq. This vote, and the concurrent rise in tensions with Iran, reignited the debate over the purpose of the U.S. military mission in Iraq. Why is the United States engaged in Iraq What is the purpose of sustaining a military footprint there What would happen if the Iraqi government expelled U.S. military forces, or if they were willingly withdrawn If the U.S. military remains in Iraq, what should constitute this presence

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE