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Has the U.S. left Iraq in a manageable state?

August 19th, 2010
02:32 PM ET
A line of Strykers convoy in the early hours of Aug. 16, 2010, as part of the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, United States Division-Center's last patrol through Iraq as they leave theater.

A line of Strykers convoy in the early hours of Aug. 16, 2010, as part of the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, United States Division-Center's last patrol through Iraq as they leave theater.

The last U.S. brigade combat team has left the country more than seven years after combat forces entered Iraq. Even though there are still about 56,000 U.S. troops in the country, this departure helps U.S. President Barack Obama reach his goal of reducing the numbers of troops in Iraq to 50,000 by September 1.

On Connect The World at 2000 GMT, we look at current conditions in Iraq: the state of Iraq's government, electricity outages and other utility problems and a recent uptick in violence.

So do you think the U.S. has left a country that Iraqis themselves can manage? And do you think Iraq is better off today than it was under Saddam Hussein?

If you are a veteran of the Iraq war, we'd like to hear from you. Do you think this is the right move for the U.S. at the right time? Do you feel the American presence in Iraq has helped there in the long term? What do you wish the U.S. would have done differently, if anything?

Also, are you an Iraqi expat? If you had to leave to Iraq, we would like you to weigh in today's draw down of troops. Do you plan to come back to Iraq now? What conditions would have to change to have you come back?

Leave us all your thoughts on this subject in our comments section below and we'll feature some of them on tonight's program.

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