Barack Obama, the US president, has said he is going to end his country's combat mission in Iraq by the end of the month.
He also said the mission there had changed from a military to a civilian one.
However, 50,000 troops will stay on.
And with Iraq still facing instability and uncertainty, it is unclear exactly how that civilian role will play out.
Al Jazeera's Rosiland Jordan reports.
Source: Al Jazeera