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Trump Orders Pre-Inauguration Troop Withdrawals in Afghanistan and Iraq

November 18, 2020
Nancy Youssef, Gordon Lubold | The Wall Street Journal
The Pentagon on Tuesday announced a drawdown of U.S. forces from Iraq and Afghanistan, instituting orders given by President Trump to reduce the American military presence there days before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.

The Washington Week Bookshelf: "To Start a War: How the Bush Administration Took America into Iraq"

August 7, 2020
On the Washington Week Extra, New York Times Magazine writer at large and National Geographic contributing writer Robert Draper discusses his latest book, "To Start a War: How the Bush Administration Took America into Iraq.”
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Veterans Differ With Trump Over Injuries From Iran Missile Attack

January 23, 2020
Nancy Youssef, Michael M. Phillips | The Wall Street Journal
President Trump said the head injuries suffered by American service members in an Iranian missile strike weren’t “very serious,” prompting angry replies from some veterans advocates.
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U.S. Looks at Cuts to Military Aid to Iraq if Troops Are Asked to Leave

January 15, 2020
Vivian Salama | The Wall Street Journal
The Trump administration is preparing possible cuts of $250 million in military aid to Iraq, funds already approved by Congress, if the government expels U.S. troops, and is reconsidering a broad spectrum of other economic and military assistance that isn’t yet committed.
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After missile strikes on Iraqi bases, U.S. and Iran both appear to de-escalate

January 9, 2020
Yamiche Alcindor, Nick Schiffrin, Judy Woodruff | The PBS NewsHour
President Trump says Iran is “standing down” after firing missiles at Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops -- but causing no casualties. But Iran says its goal is to see U.S. forces leave the Middle East.
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U.S. Adds Troops to Mideast as Iranians Call for Revenge at General’s Funeral

January 7, 2020
Nancy Youssef, Aresu Eqbali, Sune Engel Rasmussen | The Wall Street Journal
The Pentagon said it plans to send B-52 bombers and more troops to the Mideast as anger simmered Monday in Baghdad and Tehran over the U.S.’s targeted killing of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Iraq.
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Backlash in Iraq Poses Risks to U.S.-Led Operations Against Islamic State

January 6, 2020
Nancy Youssef, Michael R. Gordon | The Wall Street Journal
Violence directed at U.S. forces in Iraq and the threat of reprisals over the killing of an Iranian general are hampering American-led operations against Islamic State, potentially giving the beleaguered group time to revive.
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More Conflict Is Inevitable; War With Iran Isn’t

January 4, 2020
Jerry Seib | The Wall Street Journal
After this week’s dramatic spike in tensions between Iran and the U.S., further conflict now is inevitable, and terrorism outbreaks have become far more likely.
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US sends more troops to Middle East after siege of Baghdad embassy

January 2, 2020
Andrea Mitchell | NBC News
In the wake of the days-long siege of the its embassy compound in Baghdad, the U.S. is sending more troops to the Middle East. Demonstrators finally backed away overnight.
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