Kurds Grapple With US Troop Drawdown In Iraq

Kurds Grapple With US Troop Drawdown In Iraq

Andrew H. Sweet

Although the two countries are different, Iraq and Afghanistan share a few similarities — the U.S. invaded both countries after 9/11. The U.S. installed a theoretically democratic government in both countries and spent billions of dollars training and equipping their armies.

Hiwa Osman, a Kurdish analyst and former adviser to Iraq's president, said that with the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, better relations with Iran are now crucial.

Last month, Kurdish President Barzani traveled to Iran for the inauguration of Iran's new president, Ebrahim Raisi. The two met and talked about increasing trade and security cooperation.

Baranzi even praised Qasem Soleimani, the Iranian general killed by the U.S. in Iraq last year. He also emphasized that the Kurds are part of Iran and the Islamic revolution.

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