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U.S. to end combat mission in Iraq

President Joe Biden (right) with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi on Monday at the White House Associated Press/Photo by Susan Walsh

U.S. to end combat mission in Iraq

President Joe Biden met Monday at the White House with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi to work out details of the U.S. military’s changing role in the country. By the end of the year, American troops will only provide advice and training to Iraqi forces in their fight against Islamic State (ISIS), Biden said.

How long has our military been in Iraq? President George W. Bush sent the military there in 2003 to remove Saddam Hussein from power. President Barack Obama pulled them out in 2011 but sent U.S. forces back in 2014 after ISIS took over large parts of northern Iraq. Iraq has reclaimed that territory, but ISIS still commits terror attacks in the country.

Dig deeper: Read my report in The Sift about a suicide bombing ISIS committed in Baghdad in January.

Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kan.



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I believe if the people of a country like Iraq don’t have the will to fight the corruption in their own leadership, fight the enemy that is trying to take over their country, and set up and enforce a system that is just and fair to all of their inhabitants, we do not have any business trying to do it for them.

The situation is not the same as small weak countries being overrun by a militarily powerful enemy, like what took place in World War II. In WWII, I believe our intervention was necessary and just. And in addition, we were forced into the war by attacks on our own Nation.

I believe when we intervened after Saddam Hussein’s Iraq invaded Kuwait, that was just and justifiable. What we have done in the Middle-East since then has become ever harder to support. Losing American lives and spending American resources but seeing no significant changes in Iraq or Afghanistan? No. NO!


Who will be chosen to stay behind and get shot in the back? What a waste.
Why do we think we have all the answers to fighting the enemy?
Why can't they train their own?
Does Iraq get money if we stay there? Do they get money if we don't?
Probably yes, and yes.