Friday, October 21, 2011

Even the 'military trainers'? US troops really leaving Iraq, Obama says

It looks like Leon Panetta lost his bid to keep US troops in Iraq: Obama today announced a complete troop withdrawal from Iraq by year's end:

He ordered a complete withdrawal from the country, nearly nine years after the invasion under President George W Bush.
About 39,000 US troops remain in Iraq, down from a peak of 165,000 in 2008.
The US and Iraq were in "full agreement" on how to move forward, Mr Obama said, adding: "The US leaves Iraq with our heads held high."
"That is how America's military efforts in Iraq will end."
 Unless things have radically changed, however, there will continue to be a massive US footprint with an enormous US embassy and thousands of military contractors providing 'security'.But let's take a minute to celebrate the official word that the war is over:


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