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US role in Iraq five years since military withdrawal

Iraqis wave at at army vehicle from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division as the last US convoy heads to the Kuwaiti border to leave Iraq on December 18, 2011Five years since the American military completed its withdrawal from Iraq, US forces are once again playing a major role in the country as part of the war against the Islamic State jihadist group. Why did US forces leave in 2011? After a nearly nine-year presence, negotiations on the United States leaving a residual training force in Iraq after the end of 2011 broke down over the issue of American forces having legal immunity from Iraqi prosecution, which Washington demanded and Baghdad was reluctant to provide.

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