Iraq after the occupation: CPT report

Abstract

This report by our partners Christian Peacemakers Teams (www.cpt.org) was written after a number of interviews with Iraqis about how they see the future for their country as the United States withdraws. Their diverse expressed opinions show that the truth is much more complex than the US narrative seeks to present. The contribution of the “surge” to a reduction in violence in Iraq is questionable. Opinions on the reliability of the Iraqi security forces, although not entirely negative, vary widely. Iraq (www.cpt.org/work/iraq ) faces a highly uncertain future, perhaps becoming a success story, but perhaps experiencing more bloodshed. The US should think creatively about ways to support the people of Iraq as they rebuild their country.