103737896

An Iraqi soldier mans his position at a checkpoint in central Baghdad on August 31, 2010, as US forces are set to declare an end to combat operations on August 31, leaving fewer than 50,000 soldiers in the country with the mission of training and advising local troops ahead of a complete withdrawal at the end of next year. By Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters@theatlantic.com.