Iraqis have paid a huge price during the years of war in their country. They have died in horrific numbers in the sectarian slaughter that followed the 2003 US-led invasion.
As American combat troops pull out, some Iraqis fear further violence. Others are glad to see the back of them.
“Let them go. Let them go today rather than tomorrow. We don’t want them. We are tired of them,” said Baghdad resident Amir Sa’doon.
“Enough of the occupation. Let them go. What did they want from us?”
But Abdul-Ridha al-Jabouri, who also lives in the capital, sees things differently.
“In the current circumstances, with the political vacuum and the delay in forming a government, these factors mean Iraq will be more unstable after the US troop withdrawal,” he said.
As a bloody reminder of Iraq’s fragility, dozens were killed in a suicide attack on Tuesday outside an army recruitment centre in Baghdad. Five months after an inconclusive election, a stable Iraq still seems a long way off.