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IPFS News Link • Iraq

Recognize that Iraq Is History


 For example, after the Vietnam War in the 1970s, the exhausted and disgruntled American public no longer cared what happened to the poor, faraway land. That same phenomenon initially occurred with Iraq after Barack Obama withdrew U.S. forces at the end of 2011 from the long American occupation on a schedule set by George W. Bush. However, on the fifth anniversary of Obama's announcement that the American combat mission had ended, Iraq is still in the news because the brutal group Islamic State (or ISIS) took over about one-third of Iraq—areas where the Sunni Arab Muslim minority live. Not coincidentally, those were the same areas that most violently opposed the U.S. occupation from 2003 to 2011.