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After Spain withdrew following the Madrid bombings in March 2004, two nations in the Spanish-led Plus Ultra Brigade also left Iraq. Equally significant, many nations that withdrew their forces at the end of their national mandates in Iraq redistributed those forces to other missions. For example, a number of nations continued providing troops to the NATO Training Mission–Iraq or United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq. Others removed troops from Iraq only to increase their participation in operations in Afghanistan.

Operations: The primary roles of the Armenian contingent were peace and stability. In addition, Armenia’s interests in Iraq included the welfare and security of the Armenian community in that country, estimated at thirty thousand Iraqis, who resided primarily in Baghdad, Al Basrah, and Mosul. S. forces in the region to ensure the safety of the Armenian population in Iraq. Armenia provided extensive assistance between 2005 and 2008. In 2007, for example, the contingent performed 211 surgeries and provided ambulatory care for 680 civilians and 420 military personnel, while running 45 convoys and removing about 9,000 rounds of unexploded ordnance.

In 2005 alone, 34,131 insurgent attacks took place, up significantly from 26,496 in 2004, reaching a crescendo on 22 February 2006 with the bombing of the al-Askari Mosque in Samarra. The attack on one of the holiest Shi’ite sites caused no injuries but led 23 to a wave of retaliatory violence throughout the region and across Iraq. To many observers, the country seemed poised to erupt in open civil strife based on religious, ethnic, and tribal differences. S. and allied forces in 2007. S. troop levels in Iraq, announcing his decision during a televised presidential address on 10 January 2007.

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