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How Will Iraq Change as US Pulls Out?

March 23, 2009

Six years into the Iraq War, the future of the country remains unclear, with doubts about how the various factions will behave as the United States begins to withdraw.

"Nobody knows what kind of Iraq emerges out of the U.S. withdrawal, and so [the Pentagon] is really buying … time," says Nancy Youssef, chief Pentagon correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers, referring to the scheduled U.S. departure date at the end of 2011.

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Many Iraqis still doubt the United States will live up to its commitment to depart, but Youssef says another big question is whether the Iraqi elites will remain loyal to the United States or whether they will reinvent themselves as nationalists once U.S. troops are gone. is an independent news network that produces stories of global interest. 

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