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In 2011, Obama shocked Pentagon leaders by pulling all US troops out of Iraq.
American military officials had said they wanted a “residual” force of as many as tens of thousands of American troops to remain in Iraq past 2011 as an insurance policy against any violence. Those numbers were scaled back, but the expectation was that at least about 3,000 to 5,000 American troops would remain…
Intelligence assessments that Iraq was not at great risk of slipping into chaos in the absence of American forces were a factor in the decision, an American official said.
More recently, with ISIS still controlling Mosul and vast swathes of Iraqi and Syrian territory, Obama has slowly been sending in more troops. Just today he approved 600 more American fighters to be shipped to the sandbox, bringing the total number back to a familiar figure.
The announcement means that there will soon be 5,000 American troops in Iraq, seven years after the Obama administration withdrew all American troops from the country.
Many military experts warned that Iraq could quickly slip back into chaos if we pulled out too quickly. If Obama had simply left 5,000 troops in Iraq instead of yanking all of them out, would ISIS even exist?