All US Troops Leaving Iraq
They will be home by end of year, bringing end to 9-year war
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 21, 2011 12:01 PM CDT
In this 2004 file photo, US marines detonate explosives during a mission in Ramadi, Iraq.   (AP Photo/Jim MacMillan, File)

(Newser) – A holiday present for families of soldiers serving in Iraq: Everybody's coming home by the end of the year, President Obama announced today. "After nearly nine years, America's war in Iraq will be over," said Obama, who had announced the end of the combat mission earlier this year, notes AP. The US had considered leaving several thousand troops in the country for special ops and training but could not reach an agreement on that with the Iraqi government, reports the Washington Post.

That means the only US forces in the country next year will be the relative handful, about 150, necessary to provide protection for the US embassy and American diplomats. "Today I can say that troops in Iraq will be home for the holidays," said Obama, who spoke earlier in the day with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. More than 4,400 American forces have been killed since the US invaded in 2003, notes MSNBC.

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Oct 23, 2011 9:36 AM CDT
Bring all our troops home and put them on the border now! No more wars for an apartheid regime in the Middle East!
Oct 23, 2011 4:05 AM CDT
perhaps...though i think they'll come home and get trained to go door to door taking our guns so when they drop the hammer, we can't defend ourselves. we'll be the new mexico soon enough. -my best friend's mom makes $77 an hour on the computer. She has been out of job for 9 months but last month her check was $7487 just working on the computer for a few hours. Read about it here MakeCash10.cöm
Oct 22, 2011 9:24 PM CDT
Thanks President Obama for bringing our men and women home from GWB ungodly war started on a bed of lies.