Today, President Barack Obama announced that finally, essentially all of the American troops in Iraq would be coming home as the Iraq War is coming to an end. The troops will be home by the end of 2011.
Obama said, “After nearly nine years, America’s War in Iraq will be over. The coming months will be a season of homecomings. Our troops in Iraq will definitely be home for the holidays.”
By December 31st, the majority of the 39,000 American soldiers in Iraq will be home. Approximately 150 other troops will stay behind to help arms distribution.
When Obama was elected in 2008, one of his promises was to end the conflict in Iraq. Less than four years later, Obama is coming through on his word.
Obama spoke with President Nuri al-Maliki of Iraq and the two were very pleased with the way the American mission in Iraq is concluding.
Now, the new mission is for the Iraqi officials to continue to run the state successfully with America as an ally and without the daily presence of troops.
After thousands of lives lost and trillions of dollars spent on the Iraq War, it is time for a new chapter in Iraq.