Latest News:  
Beijing   Cloudy    2 / -5   City Forecast

People's Daily Online>>World

U.S. Defense chief signs document ending Iraq War


09:38, December 19, 2011

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Sunday signed a document officially ending the Iraq War, after the last U.S. combat forces left that country.

According to Pentagon Press Secretary George Little, Panetta signed the document, code named EXORD 1003 Victor, Mod 9, a little before 7 a.m., Eastern Standard Time. The document puts an official end to the war that lasted nearly 9 years.

Before Panetta signed the official document, the last batch of U.S. combat forces in Iraq departed on Sunday morning and crossed into neighboring Kuwait.

The war left about 4,500 U.S. soldiers and more than 100,000 Iraqis dead, in addition to the countless wounded and 1.75 million Iraqis displaced.

The U.S. military's final departure came earlier before the Dec. 31 deadline set by U.S. President Barack Obama to fulfill his election promise to pull all the American troops out of Iraq as agreed in a security pact between the two countries in 2008.

In his weekly address on Saturday, Obama marked the end of the Iraq War, saying "Iraq's future will be in the hands of its own people."

We Recommend


Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. Scuba divers welcome bowmouth guitarfish at aquarium in Hungary

  2. Consumers throng to shops for coming Christmas in Rio

  3. Wikileaks suspect Bradley Manning appears in U.S. military court

  4. China upgrades 1st UHV electricity transmission system

Most Popular


  1. Risks behind India's military buildup
  2. 2011: Year of government micro-blogs
  3. Chance of RMB devaluation small
  4. Narrow vision limits China's discourse power
  5. Dubai chasing Singapore's strictness with violations
  6. Too early to loosen China's property controls
  7. Do not let disputes taint Sino-Korean ties
  8. The natural way to pick your stocks
  9. China must retain its strengths as it goes global
  10. Canada's short-sighted move should be denounced

What's happening in China

Spring Festival shopping carnival opens in Tianjin

  1. More Chinese cities see housing price decline
  2. Drought snags shipping on rivers in S China
  3. Gas explosion kills 9 in central China coal mine
  4. Beijing reaches annual "blue sky days" target
  5. Two dead, 21 injured in truck-bus crash in China

PD Online Data

  1. Yangge in Shaanxi
  2. Gaoqiao in Northern China
  3. The drum dance in Ansai
  4. Shehuo in Baoji City
  5. The dragon dance