Biden Tries to Chart a Middle Course With Iraq Air Strikes

Biden Tries to Chart a Middle Course With Iraq Air Strikes
A U.S. soldier stands guard at the K1 Air Base near Kirkuk in northern Iraq, March 29, 2020 (Photo by Ameer Al Mohammedaw for dpa via AP Images).

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Sunday’s overnight air strikes by the U.S. on militia targets in Iraq and Syria immediately rekindled an important debate about deterrence and sovereignty, but also the frustrating persistence of America’s “forever wars.”

How should America handle militia attacks on its forces in Iraq, a country where U.S. forces are based at the invitation of a sovereign government? And will American military retaliation actually change the behavior of the armed factions that operate in defiance of the Iraqi government and with support from Iran?

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