Like It or Not in Iraq, U.S. Ties Are Here to Stay
Mar 4, 2019 | 10:00 GMT
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- As the United States begins to withdraw troops from Syria, maintaining a presence in Iraq will become increasingly important to countering terrorism and Iranian influence in the region.
- The economic threat of U.S. sanctions because of Baghdad's ties to Iran will continue to spark debate and fracture Iraq's dominant Shiite political elite.
- Some Iraqi lawmakers have been pushing to legally expel the United States from their country, though such legislation is unlikely to pass.
- Despite mounting anti-U.S. sentiment in the country, Iraq's pervasive security concerns will solidify its need to keep ties with Washington.