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Iraq and U.S. Policy [Updated February 3, 2020]   [open pdf - 512KB]

From the Document: "Principal questions for Iraqi and U.S. leaders in 2020 include whether or how to redefine the nature of and framework for bilateral security cooperation. While some Iraqis demand the expulsion of foreign forces, U.S. personnel continue to assist Iraqi forces against Islamic State (IS, aka ISIS/ISIL) threats and build Iraqi capabilities. Iraqi leaders are grappling with the protest movement's insistence on systemic change and an end to corruption and foreign interference. The nature of past Iraqi debates over government formation and possible national elections suggest that the transition period now underway could be sensitive and extended. Related outcomes could further complicate U.S. efforts to cooperate with and assist Iraq's government. As Congress considers new appropriations and authorization proposals on Iraq, it may do so without certainty about Iraq's future governing arrangements or how further change in Iraq might affect U.S. interests."

Report Number:
CRS In Focus, IF10404
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2020-02-03
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Public Domain
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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