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As U.S. withdraws from Syria, some want its troops out of Iraq, too

An Iraqi graffiti artist sprays a cement wall with anti-US President Donald Trump slogans in the southern Iraqi city of Basra on February 2, 2017.
An Iraqi graffiti artist sprays a cement wall with anti-Trump slogans in Basra. Photo: Haidar Mohammed Ali/AFP via Getty Images

As the U.S. begins to withdraw troops from Syria, some Iraqi leaders are now demanding the same for their country, even as ISIS is making a comeback.

The big picture: Iraqi politicians and military leaders are divided on the presence of U.S. military forces in the country. Those wanting them out include Shi’a militias under the control of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which wants to gain more power, as well as Muqtada al-Sadr, the maverick cleric whose winning coalition in the May 12 national election gained popular support by running on pledge to secure the withdrawal of all foreign forces from the country.

U.S. coalition airstrikes have killed more than 1,000 civilians

Airstrike picture.
Photo: Ekrem Masry/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The U.S. military reports that airstrikes by the coalition to defeat ISIS in Syria and Iraq are responsible for accidentally killing 1,139 civilians since August 2014.

By the numbers: The full number of civilian casualties may be larger, since 184 civilian casualty allegation reports are still open at this time. There have been 31,406 airstrikes between August 2014 and November 2018.

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