Obama announces total Iraq troop withdrawal
By BEN FELLER - AP White House Correspondent | AP – 1 hr 7 mins ago [EXCERPTS]
WASHINGTON (AP) -- 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Iraq war, one of the longest and most divisive conflicts in U.S. history, announcing that all American troops would be withdrawn from the country by year's end.With this announcement, it would appear my speculation and premise that the conflict is the fulfillment of the 2,600 year old prophecy in chapters 50 and 51 of the book of Jeremiah in the hebrew bible is plainly and simply wrong.
Obama's statement put an end to months of wrangling over whether the U.S. would maintain a force in Iraq beyond 2011. [...]
"I can report that, as promised, the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of the year," Obama said. "After nearly nine years, America's war in Iraq will be over." [...]
The U.S. military presence in Iraq stands at just under 40,000. All U.S. troops are to exit the country in accordance with a deal struck between the countries in 2008 when George W. Bush was president.
Obama, an opponent of the war from the start, took office and accelerated the end of the conflict. In August 2010, he declared the U.S. combat mission over.
"Over the next two months our troops in Iraq, tens of thousands of them, will pack up their gear and board convoys for the journey home," Obama said. "The last American soldier will cross the border out of Iraq with their heads held high, proud of their success and knowing that the American people stand united in our support for our troops."
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