January 30, 2024

After Iran Proxy Strikes, Should U.S. Troops Leave Iraq and Syria?

Source: The Cipher Brief

Journalist: Hollie McKay

Others argue that an exit would ultimately serve as a gift to Iran. 

“Tehran would like to see U.S. forces leave Iraq,” said Jonathan Lord, Director for the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. “This has been the playbook all along, but Iran and its partner militias in Iraq are executing the play with renewed vigor since the breakout of the Gaza war. It’s opportunistic.” 

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  • Jonathan Lord

    Senior Fellow and Director, Middle East Security Program

    Jonathan Lord is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Security program at CNAS. Prior to joining CNAS, Lord served as a professional staff member for the House Arme...