The war in Iraqi will last decades and a pullout of British troops from the country is highly unlikely without a change in London's policies towards Washington, affirms the British NGO Oxford Research Group. Given that the al-Qaeda movement and its affiliated groups are seeking to achieve their objectives over decades rather than years, it is likely that without a major change in US policies, the war in Iraq will last an equivalent span of time. A US pullout would be a political disaster greater than Vietnam says the group, which add that the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 was a gift to al-Qaeda, which has permitted it to recruit men by painting the American presence in Iraq to a Christian occupation of a Muslim land.
Assuring the security of Iraq and the presence of a friendly government there is an essential element in American geostrategic policy; it requires a permanent military presence in the county. This will also allow the United State long-term access to the region's oil, essential to the US's increasing dependence on foreign oil.