there are some obvious short term benefits for leaving Iraq for most coalition forces such as money, political popularity (as spineless as it may look like in the distant future) and stopping the casualties among soldiers. but what about the benefits for staying there? given that the current objective, or orientation of force, is to simply stabilize the area, what are the benefits for coalition nations for pursuing this objective? please consider that stabilization may be achieved with varying levels of success and that humanitarian benefits are well... historical footnotes and often over looked (i mean to say that humanitarian goals are typically not valuable to most nations). I'm mostly interested in the potential benefits so if there is something that is conceivable although unlikely, it would be great to hear about that too. it would also be interesting to hear some opinions about the likelihood of how these points could turn out the first and most popular reason that comes to my mind that some of you might want to expand on is that the region will be less likely to become an area where the least desired but strong groups of the middle east could congregate (aka Islamic extremists and any other radical group) secondly, the area could become much more pro-western if western nations helped solve their problems, such as Turkey having their issues with the Kurds in northern Iraq solved, and Shia-Sunni groups being grateful for not having a genocidal situation happening around them another thing is that the region could become more economically friendly for reliable resource exploitation. lastly, people may give credit to anyone who bled for the sake of providing sustainable physical security for others.