Opinion Foreign Policy: Iraq's Real Deadline Foreign Policy June 30, 2009 As U.S. forces pull out of Iraq's urban areas, everyone is waiting with bated breath for the results. Will there be a surge in violence, ending the relative peace that many Iraqis have enjoyed for the past year? Will al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) rear its head once more? Although all these questions are real, the crucial moment is not this Tuesday's withdrawal. The real test for Iraq will come far later.