Obama says Iraq war is ending

10:19, August 29, 2010      

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After seven years and thousands of U.S. military deaths, U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday said the Iraq war is ending.

Soldiers of C Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, returning from a deployment to Taji, Iraq, arrive at the Andrews Joint Base outside Washington D.C., capital of the United States, Aug. 28, 2010. (Xinhua/Zhang Jun)

"The bottom line is this: the war is ending," Obama told the nation in his weekly address broadcast on radio and the web. On Aug. 31, the United States is ending its combat mission in Iraq, with the end of next year as the deadline to withdraw all troops from that country.

"On Tuesday, after more than seven years, the United States of America will end its combat mission in Iraq and take an important step forward in responsibly ending the Iraq war," Obama said.

He said as a candidate for president, he had pledged he would end this war, and that's what he is doing as president.

"We have brought home more than 90,000 troops since I took office. We have closed or turned over to Iraq hundreds of bases. In many parts of the country, Iraqis have already taken the lead for security," said Obama.

After ending combat mission, about 50,000 U.S. troops will conduct training and assistance missions in Iraq, partner with Iraqis in counterterrorism missions, and also protect U.S. civilian and military efforts there.

Obama will deliver an Oval Office speech on Aug. 31 to mark the end of Iraqi combat missions. White House spokesman Bill Burton said the president will talk about "the importance of the milepost that day is as we change missions in Iraq," as well as U.S. policy toward Iraq.

Source: Xinhua


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