War Is Over: Obama Will Have U.S. Troops Home From Iraq By Year’s End
Speaking from the White House today, President Obama announced that the war in Iraq will be over in the next 70 days, and that most of the U.S. troops will be coming home, with approximately 150 staying behind to serve duties such as protecting the U.S. embassy.
“Today I can say that our troops in Iraq will definitely be home for the holidays,” President Obama announced in the White House briefing room, “the long war in Iraq will come to an end by the end of this year.”
President Obama added that as a candidate for President in 2008, he pledged, “to bring the war in Iraq to a responsible end.” Over 100,000 troops, according to President Obama, are headed home. Iraq and the United States had previously agreed to end the war by 2011. But that announcement was overshadowed by a reporter throwing his shoes at then-President Bush.
He also spoke with Iraq’s prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki. “He spoke of the determination of the Iraqi people to forge their own future,” President Obama noted. “We are in full agreement about how to move forward.”
Nearly nine years after the war in Iraq began, it will now be drawing to a close. “The last American soldiers will cross the border out of Iraq with their heads held high,” the President said. “proud of their success.”
Enjoy video of the press conference below, courtesy of FOX News:
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