Through 2011

Is the U.S. War in Iraq on its way to becoming a forgotten war? The current narrative seems to be: the 'surge' worked, we're pulling out, and now we can focus on Afghanistan (and Pakistan). Some may even be tempted to add "we won" into that mix.

Washington Post military correspondent Thomas E. Ricks offers a different perspective, noting the 'surge' fell short of its intentions and 35,000 to 50,000 U.S. troops will remain in Iraq (and in harm's way) through 2011.

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