…BUT 150 troops will stay
Yesterday, December 18, the media announced what seems to be the end of an 8 year-old war: the last US troops leave Iraq. However, there are 150 US troops that were not shipped back to their families for the holidays as they will stay at the US embassy on the banks of the Tigris river for “training and cooperation purposes”. A troop has an average of 30 soldiers, which multiplied by 150 gives a total of 4,500 lives.
All Iraqi leaders have to decide now is whether allow external hands on their oil reserve, which is the 4th largest in the world, or not. A tough decision to make after being indirectly bombarded and killed for nearly 9 years by the exact same hands. What hands? Foreign investors.
Hopefully, Iraq’s environmental degradation will become a priority as well. High levels of nuclear and dioxin contamination have already been reported as the cause of birth defects and water poisoning.
The war is over, yes, but what follows?
I leave you with 13 stories of the war since 2003, captured by 11 different photojournalists.
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