Iraqi army and Kurdish forces (NYT)
in northern Iraq. The State Department also plans to more than double its private security guards to as many as seven thousand to protect civilians against al-Qaeda and Iranian-backed militias.
On Stratfor, George Friedman says a crisis may ariseif the United States continues to withdraw its remaining fifty thousand troops to the point that Shiite politicians close to Iran feel free to escalate attacks on Sunnis.
This CFR Analysis Brief discusses Obama's defense of the U.S. troop drawdown, and U.S. and Iraqi military officials' pursuit of a longer commitment.
Read President Obama's August 2 remarkson the Iraq drawdown.
Read the U.S.-Iraq Status of Forces agreement.