Withdrawing from Iraq: Alternative Schedules, Associated Risks, and Mitigating Strategies

24 11 2009

URL: http://www.rand.org/pallrd/0809/pubs/monographs/MG882/. Source: RAND.

In studying the withdrawal from Iraq, RAND assessed logistical constraints, trends in insurgent activity, the readiness of Iraqi security forces, and implications for the size of the residual U.S. force and for security in Iraq and the region. This book presents three alternative schedules for withdrawing from Iraq: one consistent with the Obama administration’s intentions, one somewhat slower, and another faster. The authors also identify steps that the United States can take to alleviate anticipated constraints, overcome likely resistance, and reduce the potential risks associated with a drawdown.

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