Iraq is bleeding, and the world has barely noticed

This past month alone, more than 500 Iraqis were killed, and more than 3,000 have died this year as a result of inter-factional violence.

US Air Force Photo: Staff Sgt. Luke P. Thele
An Iraqi police officer stands outside a police station near Tikrit, Iraq on Nov. 16, 2009.
Scott Taylor
Published: Monday, 08/05/2013 11:35 pm EDT
Last Updated: Tuesday, 08/06/2013 1:49 am EDT

By the end of 2011, the vast majority of combat troops from the United States had been withdrawn from Iraq, and the decade-long conflict was pronounced “concluded” by President Barack Obama. Still remaining, however, are sizeable contingents of US Special Forces and private security contractors to protect American interests, and the might of America’s Middle East regional air power also remains on hand to prop up the Iraqi central government in Baghdad.

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