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Post troop evacuation in Iraq, will control over oil be the game
US will pull its troops out from Iraq before December 2011. However, with some thousand troops staying back for 'training' the security and army in Iraq, is the US still pursuing its interests in the oil rich nation?

THE FINAL announcement of the withdrawal of the US Army troops came as a respite for many people, continentally apart. American homes now will again light up with the cheer of oneness while war-torn Iraq will gear up for a new democratic government. The change, promised by the then Senator Obama comes as a double whammy especially for a state like Iraq that was raped by a tyrant called Saddam Hussein for decades together. With the US exiting Iraq, questions will be raised about who will control and benefit from Iraq's oil reserves. But the US, considering that it has been in the country for nine years, has the political connections to use so that American oil companies don't fall short of oil contracts.

Incidentally, both forces, the American as well as Saddam’s forces had to bear the same brunt, more or less. Saddam’s rule was never lauded and neither was American presence. This is a time, when American troops leave the land with more personal joys than leaving with a sense of achievement. The war that lasted for nine years did not bring about any substantial changes in the functioning of the government. On the contrary, a residual American contingent was favoured to keep them away from the ambit of the Iraqi governance and have things their own way and away from prosecution. However, in the last decade, the court’s found its voice back and police also had some ground to stand on.

However, the plan to evacuate the country is still incomplete as President Obama has very smartly put an asterisk in front of Prime Minister elect Nouri al-Maliki. Obama is reported to have told Maliki in a video conference that a few thousand troops will stay back to train the administration so that the country’s sovereignty remains intact. Or is this another plot to keep a watchful eye over Iran and measure the possibilities of having control over oil in Iraq? Nonetheless, Maliki must have thought that this is the best way to keep the Iranian infiltrators at bay and also avoid another decade of war after being under civil war for thirty five years under Saddam.

Statistics reveal that in the war that lasted for nine years, trillions of dollars were spent, about 4,500 Americans lost their lives and many army formations wer been deployed on a rotational basis. However, with the stay back of a ‘few thousand troops’ in Iraq, the moral war is still on.

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