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American vehicle destroyed by IED in Iraq.

. US troops are stationed at two last large bases in the Arab part of Iraq. Attacks on American convoys are daily. Literally every or every other day an American truck or armored vehicle is destroyed. In addition, the rocketing of the remaining American forces, especially in the wider region of Baghdad, is becoming daily and irritating. U.S. troops and their assets in Iraq are literally clay pigeons. The United States has about 5,000 troops in Iraq from about 3,500 in the Arab part, surrounded on all sides by pro-Iranian forces. Their presence loses purpose. Everyone is expecting the announced withdrawal of American forces by Donald Trump. What is the purpose of their presence in Iraq, he will say in the coming months.