U.S. President Barack Obama announced a timetable for the withdrawal of most — but not all — American forces from Iraq on Friday at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
Some 140,000 U.S. troops are currently in Iraq. The president’s plan establishes an 18-month timetable for the withdrawal of most of them, expected to start soon.
Obama also made it clear that the future of Iraq will soon be in the hands of Iraqis themselves. Not all the U.S. troops will come home — to help the Iraqis, as many as 50,000 U.S. troops will remain behind. It’s expected that some of them will still be in the line of fire, including on patrol.
Michael Wahid Hanna, a specialist on the Middle East and international security with the Century Foundation, joins Martin Savidge to discuss what the remaining troops will do, the capability of Iraq’s security forces and Iraq’s future.