Early today, the Prime Minister of Iraq, Nuri al-Maliki, stepped into the White House in Washington DC to speak with President Barack Obama.
The two men met just days before the completion of the troop withdrawal from Iraq, signaling the end of the Iraq War. The exit of the American soldiers is expected to be complete by the end of the month, completing the mission right before 2012 strikes.
Many are fearing that as the troops leave and the new Iraqi government, military, and police forces are left to fend for themselves, other groups will begin to rebel and a power struggle might come.
As of today, there are approximately six thousand American soldiers left inside of the borders of Iraq.
This will be the first time in nearly a decade that Iraqi officials will have full control over their state. And it marks the first time in a long time where their control will not be in the form of a dictatorship run by Saddam Hussein.
The withdrawal also marks the completion of one of Obama’s main 2008 campaign promises, the ending of the struggle in Iraq and a complete troop withdrawal by the year 2012.