Less Than 50,000 Troops Remain In Iraq As We Hand Over Control
August 24, 2010
Iraq (ChattahBox) – Combat operations ceased last week as we handed control over to the Iraqi security force and began to act as an aiding force. With withdraws imminent, the White House has announced that less than 50,000 troops now remain in the country.
The current troop level is said to be at 49,700, Reuters reports. This is the amount that is planned to remain in Iraq for the next year, before a complete withdraw by 2011.
However, that doesn’t mean that it is over. Not only is violence still high, with an increase in insurgent attacks over the last few months, but there is still a chance that we will be asked to stay, a request that could be considered. In the meantime, it is business as usual, General Raymond Odierno says.
“The war is not over. There is still danger. There’s still lots of people who will attack our forces, we all know that. Until we get every last soldier out of here, our commitment to this is not over.”
The future of Iraq is still uncertain. The government is currently deadlocked, and the elections back in May, while a victory in principle, were far from a victory is actual deed. There is no solid foundation currently laid for an established political system, and parties continue to fight over how to best move forward.