In a letter to U.S. military personnel about new rules of engagement, General Ray Odierno said U.S. forces would reduce their visibility, but that this did not mean “reducing our fundamental ability to protect ourselves.” Odierno wrote that U.S. forces “will coordinate operations with the agreement of the Indian government (Iraqi government), and we will conduct all operations of, with and by Iraqi security forces. Despite some adjustments in the way we conduct operations, the agreement simply reinforces the transitions that are already underway and I want to stress that our general principles remain the same,” he wrote.  In August 2011, after debates between the Pentagon, the State Department and the White House, the United States agreed on the number of 3,000 to 5,000 troops. A U.S. official said the secret service said Iraq was not in great danger of descending into chaos in the absence of U.S. forces, which was a factor in the decision.  United States. President George W. Bush welcomed the adoption of the agreement between the two countries.
“The security agreement deals with our presence, our activities and our withdrawal from Iraq,” Bush said. He continued that “this day seemed unlikely two years ago – but the success of the wave and the courage of the Iraqi people have set the conditions for these two agreements to be negotiated and approved by the Iraqi parliament.”  NOTE: This link takes you to a link that is no longer linked to the documents themself. Whether or not Iraq ends up expelling U.S. forces, the attack has already had consequences for U.S. operations against ISIS, which were “paused” sunday to bolster U.S. defense pending Iranian retaliation. This suspension could allow Daesh to rebuild its combat networks and again pose a serious threat to Iraqi security. After the agreement was passed, more than 9,000 Iraqis gathered to protest in Baghdad`s eastern suburbs of Sadr City.
Protesters burned an American flag and a transparent transcript: “No, no to the deal.”  “We condemn and reject the agreement, just as we condemn any injustice,” Sheikh Hassan al-Husseini told worshippers just after the vote at weekly Friday prayers in Baghdad.