The U.S. military's fighting forces left Iraq at the end of 2011, but the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has replaced them in its own "war on terror" in the war-torn nation, which suffered over 200K deaths from the U.S. invasion.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the CIA is increasing "support" to Iraqi antiterrorism units to fight al Qaeda affiliates, which U.S. officials say are spilling over from the civil war in neighboring Syria.
The State Department claims that al Qaeda in Iraq has close ties to Syria-based Jabhat al Nusra, which the State Department placed on its list of foreign terror organizations in December 2012.
In a series of secret decisions from 2011 to late 2012, the White House directed the CIA to provide support to Iraq’s Counterterrorism Service (CTS), which reports directly to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
The CIA has increased its work with the CTS, taking control of the original mission of the U.S. military, during their occupation of Iraq.
Source: Wall Street Journal