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Why has the US kept its troops in Iraq?

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Answered 2010-09-15 16:44:15

Given the battles between warring factions there, and continued incitements by Iran, the US continues to fight destabilizing armed groups in the country. Despite popular elections and reduced terrorism, the military of the US has more to do before reducing its role in favor of Iraqi forces.

Iraq is still unstable and a unilateral withdrawal would mean dire consequences for the civilian population, and could encourage direct action by Iran. The country needs to have a popular leadership and a stable political structure to resist the influence of the many radical elements in the region.

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