I saw this link earlier today, and I can’t really summarize it — the post and the links in it are well worth reading. The UN mandate in Iraq ends December 31st. However this agreement shakes out, it looks like there very well may be a limbo period of time in Iraq between then and the 20th of January.
At the very least, hopefully, our people over there won’t be huge targets, though I don’t know enough to feel very confident about that. Bottom line is that things are going to be very difficult all the way around.