Rhetoric and Reality

Headlines and Underlying Trendlines in the Middle East

  • Rocket attacks on US targets in Iraq that are generally attributed to groups aligned with Iran and that are aimed at forcing a US withdrawal certainly pose a challenge for US forces in the country at the time of writing. However, any resultant escalation is unlikely to rival that which occurred in January and probably will not alter Washington’s plans to withdraw all but a token remnant of its forces from the country in short order.

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