Category Archives: drawdown

How could US drawdown in Iraq aid ISIS, Iran? Here are three ways


MOSUL, Iraq — In a quest to root out Islamic State group hideouts over the summer, Iraqi forces on the ground cleared nearly 90 villages across a notoriously unruly northern province. But the much-touted operation still relied heavily on U.S. intelligence, coalition flights and planning assistance. While the planned U.S. troop drawdown in Iraq from […]

Afghanistan drawdown proceeds even as tenuous Taliban peace deal continues to crack


As the U.S. continues down the perilous path to peace in Afghanistan a number of spoilers threaten to upend America’s goal to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan and end its longest war. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper told reporters Tuesday that the Taliban were not living up to their commitments inked between the U.S. and […]