The Iraq milestone

Yesterday, President Obama gave a speech formally announcing the end to U.S. combat missions in Iraq, noting that this "completes a transition to Iraqi responsibility for their own security" and "reflects our long-term partnership with Iraq…based upon mutual interests, and mutual respect." As America and Iraq approached this moment of transition, The Middle East Channel ...

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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a televised national address in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010. Obama said that with the end of the American combat mission in Iraq, the U.S. must focus on the "urgent task" of bolstering the economy because the nation's strength is rooted in prosperity at home. Photographer: Brendan Smialowski/Bloomberg

Yesterday, President Obama gave a speech formally announcing the end to U.S. combat missions in Iraq, noting that this "completes a transition to Iraqi responsibility for their own security" and "reflects our long-term partnership with Iraq...based upon mutual interests, and mutual respect." As America and Iraq approached this moment of transition, The Middle East Channel examined U.S. policy toward Iraq in depth:  

Breaking Dawn: building a long-term strategic partnership with Iraq by Colin H. Kahl.
Kahl, the deputy assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East, in a detailed analysis offers assurances that despite the end in combat missions, the U.S. will "continue to remain fully engaged in its whole-of-government approach to encouraging the development of a sovereign, stable, and self-reliant Iraq."

Today's Iraq redeployment made possible by our deadline by Brian Katulis and Lawrence Korb
Katulis and Korb, from the Center for American Progress, argue that the U.S. deadline to leave Iraq, rather than the surge, created the conducive climate for re-deployment from Iraq.

Yesterday, President Obama gave a speech formally announcing the end to U.S. combat missions in Iraq, noting that this "completes a transition to Iraqi responsibility for their own security" and "reflects our long-term partnership with Iraq…based upon mutual interests, and mutual respect." As America and Iraq approached this moment of transition, The Middle East Channel examined U.S. policy toward Iraq in depth:  

Breaking Dawn: building a long-term strategic partnership with Iraq by Colin H. Kahl.
Kahl, the deputy assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East, in a detailed analysis offers assurances that despite the end in combat missions, the U.S. will "continue to remain fully engaged in its whole-of-government approach to encouraging the development of a sovereign, stable, and self-reliant Iraq."

Today’s Iraq redeployment made possible by our deadline by Brian Katulis and Lawrence Korb
Katulis and Korb, from the Center for American Progress, argue that the U.S. deadline to leave Iraq, rather than the surge, created the conducive climate for re-deployment from Iraq.

Why the Iraq milestone matters by Marc Lynch
Lynch argues that President Obama deserves credit for seizing what was likely the only opportunity to start the end of the war, and for living up to his commitments.

Inheriting Iraq by Jared Mondschein
Don’t miss this gripping photo essay, which captures images of Iraq since President Obama took office.

Maria Kornalian is the executive associate for the Project on Middle East Political Science and an assistant editor for the Middle East Channel.

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