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: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."
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: