The Iraq War Keeps On
January 21, 2013
In Baghdad in December, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta co-signed a "Memorandum of Understanding" with his Iraqi counterpart Saadoun al-Dlimi. According to the memo, the U.S.-Iraq military alliance is soon to be strengthened by more high level U.S.-Iraq military exchanges, enhanced professional military education cooperation, enhanced counter-terrorism cooperation, improved intelligence capabilities and more joint military exercises.
Currently there are 12,500 security personnel contracted to the U.S. government in Iraq, many of whom are involved in providing intelligence and other direct assistance to counter-insurgency operations. In addition many are embedded with the 700,000 member Iraqi military as trainers and advisers. Some are serving terms in ministries of the Iraqi government.
In 2012 the war claimed the lives of over 4,500 people.
The Iraq war will not come to an end until U.S. imperialism is forced out of Iraq.