‘S**t Show’: Mistaken Release of Letter Announcing Withdrawal from Iraq Triggers Mass Confusion, Panic

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The mistaken release of an apparent draft letter announcing U.S. troops were withdrawing from Iraq threw social media into mass confusion about the U.S. status in the country.

On Monday afternoon, social media and journalists starting spreading a letter purporting to announce a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq. Reporters worked to verify the letter, which was soon reported to be “legitimate.” However the story became much more confusing after it was THEN reported the letter was legitimate, but it was a draft letter that was not supposed to be sent out at all.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper further muddled the narrative when he said “There is no decision to leave, nor did we issue any
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