OBAMA: Troops Out Of Iraq By Year's End

President Barack Obama on Friday declared an end to the Iraq war, one of the longest and most divisive conflicts in U.S. history, announcing that all U.S. troops would be withdrawn from the country by year's end.

"After nearly nine years," the president, "America's war in Iraq will be over."

He spoke at the White House after a private video conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, and he offered assurances that the two leaders agreed on the decision.

The American withdrawal by the end of 2011 was sealed in a deal between the two countries when George W. Bush was president. Obama declared the end of the combat mission earlier this year.

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  • by Crackpots everywhere Location: ENC on Oct 26, 2011 at 06:08 AM
    We have crackpots everywhere. The way you folks handle politics is downright shameful. Everyone has a comeback regardless of what side you are on. The fact is that both parties have lost their way to special interests. While you sit and type your criticisms of one party or another, you fail to realize that both parties are screwing us. The democrats spend way too much, and the republicans are so concerned about the election, they do nothing. Bah...... says the blind sheep.
  • by JC on Oct 25, 2011 at 03:02 PM
    thats good news, GWB really screwed the pooch sending these troops over there in the first place...WMD's=0,100's of billions wasted= too much! troops killed=TOO MANY!!
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      by History Student on Oct 25, 2011 at 07:55 PM in reply to JC
      Nice spin try - JC on Oct 25, 2011 at 06:02 PM - Obama spends About 1 Million US dollars a day in Afganistan those troops are not going home. Also the US Army is still in South Korea that cost another Million dollars a day they are not going home - JC
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        by JC on Oct 27, 2011 at 08:56 AM in reply to History Student
        Funny I thought this was about Iraq...Good spin on your part sir, I stated the facts as I see them, GWB said there were WMD's we had to go in there against the UN...All I see that was accomplished was alot of good kids killed and hundreds of billions wasted, who demanded we go in there again... G W B!
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          by Superdave on Oct 27, 2011 at 02:57 PM in reply to JC
          Just to let you know that this was the time line of GWB to pull out NOT Mr. Obama. Ask the Kurds about weapons of mass destruction. Oh yes and the hundreds of thousands of women and children killed by Sadam.
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      by Obama Snake Oil Co on Oct 27, 2011 at 05:00 PM in reply to JC
      Google WMD'S please....you can deny it all you want but they had them as UN inspectors said. You really believe the weren't? Of course most were gone somewhere so they can be used against us in the future. Syria?...you have all the answers based on the spin of the time....guess you don't have kids.
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        by JC on Oct 28, 2011 at 05:59 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
        What would my kids have to do with my opinion of the conflict in Iraq...which I have 2, I really could care less if it was GWB or Obama who set the timeline, I want our money to stop being wasted overthere and our troops home. We need to stop being the world police and address more issues at home.
  • by Frank Sinatra Location: Heaven on Oct 25, 2011 at 01:03 AM
    He is pulling them out only because he could not get an arrangement where soldiers were immune to Iraqi prosecution. With this many soldiers returning home many will be put out of the service and the unemployment numbers will increase.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 24, 2011 at 07:50 PM
    I glad to see more of you supporting Obama.
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      by Teresa on Oct 25, 2011 at 05:23 AM in reply to
      We certainly are! We will support him by pulling him up by his pants and giving him a kick start OUT on his fanny. He should have never be in there to begin with.
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        by uh on Oct 25, 2011 at 02:05 PM in reply to Teresa
        I disagreed with Bush policy, and I disagree with Obama policy, but I would never speak about the president of the US this way. I support your right to speak with immaturity and vile metaphor, but I would never disrespect the office of the president- no matter who it is.
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        by Anonymous on Oct 25, 2011 at 05:32 PM in reply to Teresa
        Why don't you try running for president? Let's see what you can do.
  • by ace Location: j ville on Oct 22, 2011 at 09:36 AM
    Maybe he will put them guarding our southern borders when they return home.
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Oct 22, 2011 at 08:53 AM
    Talking about the height of hypocrisy. At first the Republicans were up in arms because Obama hadn't pulled the troops out yet. Now their mad because he's actually doing it. LOL!! I tell you what these Republicans have got to be the hypocrits i've ever seen
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      by Anonymous on Oct 22, 2011 at 12:24 PM in reply to Lavon
      get over it Lavon, kiss your man goodbye after 2012
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        by Proracer1949 on Oct 25, 2011 at 12:23 PM in reply to
        And if there is a republican elected out of what we have running for president you can kiss this country goodby. These people are a real joke. Obama will stay elected for another term, Get use to it!
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on Oct 25, 2011 at 01:53 PM in reply to Proracer1949
          If you take those bliders off, your horse may race a little faster than last place...like Obama. Sorry, he is gone already. And you based your comment on...a.....what? The fact that a failure in his first term would do better in his second...keep smelling that car exhaust.
  • by Ordnanceman Location: Persian Gulf on Oct 22, 2011 at 08:31 AM
    Good. Does this mean I get to go home now?
  • by tybo Location: ENC on Oct 22, 2011 at 05:30 AM
    the sole reason the so called Leader of our country did this . is because he's afraid he won't get re elected. he cares none for our troops and doesn't even have pride in America or care what America was founded on . good ridance to him in 2012.
  • by whowantstoknow on Oct 22, 2011 at 03:49 AM
    They may be coming back from Iraq but then they will be going to Afghanistan!!! My Son has completed one tour in Iraq and he is now in Afghanistan on his 2nd Tour there. So what is the difference here?? From one Battlefield to the other! And yes, my Son knew what he signed up for when he put his Name on the dotted line and so did we. 3 Sons in the Army and my Husband is a Retired Vet. So when is all of this really going to stop?? Never!!!
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      by Theresa on Oct 25, 2011 at 05:20 AM in reply to whowantstoknow
      You are so right. My nephew is also in the Army and he is going to be deployed to Afganistan for his 2nd tour soon. My dad was in a war, my brother-in-law was and now my nephew is. That's three generations...and the wars go on. Your assessment on when wars (and our involvment) will stop is dead on. NEVER.
  • by DINO on Oct 22, 2011 at 01:53 AM
    Maybe Obama finally realized what a sink hole the Middle East is for the US (both economically and militarily). Between the banks, Wall Street and the MIddle East, the Middle Class has been almost entirely decimated. The poor GI's that will come home after all this will end up unemployed like the rest of us. They'll also come home to find out their Veteran benefits have been cut. What a home coming, eh?

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