After the troops have gone: What now for Iraq?
After seven years, billions of dollars, as many as 100,000 civilian deaths and more than 4,000 US troops killed – President Barack Obama is finally pulling US troops out of Iraq. Following Barack Obama’s recent statement confirming the end of US combat operations in Iraq, we will be debating the implications for the Iraqi people and the soldiers that serve there.
A distinguished panel will be at the Frontline Club to discuss the real legacy of the western-led coalition’s invasion and occupation of Iraq. What does the future hold for the Iraqi people and what are the lessons to be learned?
Chaired by Tim Lambon, assistant foreign editor for Channel 4 News.
Jim Frederick, managing editor of Time.com and author of a new book Black Hearts: One Platoon’s Descent into Madness in Iraq’s Triangle of Death, which investigates how one US army platoon indulged in substance abuse and brutality and committed one of the worst war crimes of the conflict;
Sir Hilary Synnott, Coalition Provisional Authority Regional Coordinator for Southern Iraq, 2003-2004 and author of Bad Days in Basra;
Haifa Zangana, Iraqi author of City of widows: An Iraqi woman account of war an resistance and co – author of The Torturer in the Mirror, to be released next month;
John Sloboda, co-founder of the Iraq Body Count project, which tracks deaths during the conflict.