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President Obama: All Troops To Leave Iraq By End Of The Year

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — President Obama on Friday declared an end to the war in Iraq and announced all U.S. troops will be out of Iraq by the end of the year.

“As promised, the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of the year. After nearly nine years, America’s war in Iraq will be over,” Obama said.

The Iraq war is one of the longest and most divisive conflicts in U.S. history in during which more than 4,400 American military members died since the beginning of the conflict in 2003. Obama’s statement put an end to months of wrangling over whether the U.S. would maintain a force in Iraq beyond 2011.

“Our troops in Iraq will definitely be home for the holidays,” Obama said.

The President made the announcement from the White House after a private video conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and said the two leaders agreed on the decision.

Obama said the final U.S. soldiers will leave with their “heads held high.”

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  • John

    what a liahhh!! Baaaahhh Baaahhh! keep listening and bowing

  • grumpy

    Blah blah blah…….remember the big deal about “Mission Accomplished”?
    It’s finally done, but without all the phony fan fair….Well done!!!

  • Angry Revolutionary

    Again this administration takes credit for what GWB had already put into motion. Sloppy reporting on the part of the media. Bush signed the SOFA (Status of Forces Agreement) in November of 2008. This put into motion that all troops would be withdrawn from Iraq within three years, thus Nove/Dec 2011. The plan was already set in stone. This is jst one more attempt by Obama to get re-elected and the sheep in this country who beleive that he ended the Iraq war will be the ones that vote him in.

    • Zzbar

      I don’t give a rats butt who put what in motion, or who stopped the motion. As long as our Troops are out of Iraq and they are back on American soil with their family’s and love ones. Oh, I’m not going to vote for Obama, just to let you know. From this Vietnam Vet.

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