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How to Leave a Stable Iraq

Building on Progress

Authors: Stephen D. Biddle, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, Michael E. O'Hanlon, and Kenneth M. Pollack, Director of Research, Saban Center for Middle East Policy
September/October 2008
Foreign Affairs


Progress in Iraq over the past year and a half—improved security, changed political dynamics, stronger Iraqi security forces—has made the prognosis there brighter than it has been in years. With some patience and the right strategy from here on out, the United States can build on a pattern of change that oªers it a chance to draw down troops soon, perhaps by half by 2011, without giving up hope for sustained stability.

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