U.S. soldiers will all be out of Iraq by the end of the year, U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden affirmed during his Jan. 13 visit to Baghdad, the country’s capital city, The New York Times reports. Meanwhile, The Washington Post notes that the U.S. is planning to turn over several major military bases, among other symbols of the U.S.’s role in the approximately 11-year war, to the U.S. State Department. However, some experts have noted that the return of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr to the country could pose challenges to the U.S. agenda, The Washington Post notes.

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