GlobalPost’s Susannah George reports from Erbil, Iraq:
It was a moment some thought would never come.
US President Barack Obama ordered American troops back onto Iraqi soil. Granted, it’s only a few hundred this time, and they are ostensibly there just to protect the US embassy in Baghdad — a far cry from the thousands that flooded the country after the 2003 invasion.
Still, US troops in Iraq carry the baggage of that long, bloody war, a fact that is not lost on the average Iraqi.
"The situation is bad now, but the US [military] coming back, it will only get worse," said a young man who asked to be called Ibn al-Awja, a nickname meaning "son of al Awja," the town where Saddam Hussein was born. "Honestly, there is no future," he said, exacerbated.
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