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Auditors: Is US overselling diplomacy in Iraq?

Auditors: Is US overselling diplomacy in Iraq?

A State Department report says the Obama administration risks overstating what U.S. diplomats can do to contain ethnic and sectarian tensions in Iraq after U.S. military forces pull out next year.
In a report Tuesday, State Department auditors questioned whether American diplomats and other civilians will be adequately protected against insurgent violence.
The report was released as a series of attacks killed dozens in mostly-Shiite areas of Baghdad.
Auditors faulted Washington for its planning of the transition from U.S. military control to a U.S. civilian lead in 2011.
The conclusions echo worries among some U.S. defense analysts and former diplomats. They say hard-won security gains in Iraq could be lost if U.S. forces leave on schedule.


Updated : 2020-12-02 03:17 GMT+08:00