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Ending the War in Iraq: Elements of a Success Story

Raed Jarrar
Raed Jarrar, Iraq specialist and former AFSC consultant. Photo: Terry Foss / AFSC

While analyzing the impact of the 2003 US invasion and occupation Raed explores a longer history of violence that began with sanctions imposed after Iraq’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait.

There are no victors and no victory in this 20-year war.

Mapping next steps, Raed focuses on the pillars of compensation and ‘rightsizing’ the world’s largest embassy.  In order to change the U.S. mentality of intervention in Iraq – military, political, and economic – we should have a proportional relationship. Removing combat troops and bases is great.  Now is the time to also dramatically reduce the remaining 16,000 State Department personal – half of them armed contractors.

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