We have heard various "explanations" for the continued presence of Americans in Iraq, but I think the real reason is that they are going to be pulling the strings of various puppets in the area in order to keep the Apocalypse Show going. Note that the new mission in Iraq is named Operation New Dawn, i.e. Operation 6 6.
The goal is to create Hell on Earth and kill off the majority of mankind, and dress it up as the Fundy version of the Apocalypse, and obviously that hasn't happened yet. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has recently indicated that terrorists are still trying to get nukes, so expect some mushroom clouds in the not-too-distant future, attributed to "Islamic terrorists," the modern version of Goldstein in Orwell's 1984.
I've included an illustration I've been meaning to create and post for quite a while, and is shows that the "war on terror" zone corresponds to a crucial section of the Eurasian Land-Bridge, which is crucial to global economic recovery. The mere lack of recovery at this time will be sufficient to cause civilization to collapse, and those keeping us in the zone know it. One of EIR's experts on the region and on the specifics of the "war on terror," Ramtanu Maitra, wrote an article entitled U.S. Troop Presence in Afghanistan Causes Regional Disharmony, indicating one of the means by which London plans on destroying civilization. Mere lack of cooperation, and the lack of the means to cooperate (the Land-Bridge), is sufficient for their purposes, although there will be some fireworks to give us the impression that it's the fulfillment of Fundy prophecies, which were designed so that they could be acted out by humans. In fact, the actual Apocalypse is nothing which humans can simulate.