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End of combat mission is a proud moment: US lawmakers

world Updated: Sep 01, 2010 10:13 IST

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End of combat mission in Iraq is a proud moment for America, Congressmen said after the US President Barack Obama in a prime time address made a formal announcement in this regard.

Now that the combat mission in Iraq has ended, the Congressmen hoped that Obama would focus on winning the war
against terrorism in Afghanistan and rebuilding the economy.

"This is a proud moment for our armed forces who have spent seven years doing difficult and dangerous work in Iraq
to protect our country and we owe them our thanks," said Senator Herb Kohl.

"This is also an important step for the Iraqi people who are now fully responsible for their own future and
security," he said.

Kohl said now the President has fulfilled his pledge to draw down our commitment in Iraq, "we need to focus on
successfully ending our involvement in Afghanistan and rebuilding our economy and creating jobs here at home."

Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, termed its a new chapter and said "we open this new
chapter knowing that American troops remain on the ground, advising, assisting, and training Iraq’s security personnel."

"We honour their continued sacrifice; we offer them our gratitude and pledge to keep providing them with the
equipment, tools, armour and other resources needed to complete their mission – and the services they need when they
come home," said Pelosi.

"The Obama Administration and the Democratic Congress pledged to end the war in Iraq, and this month's completion of the responsible redeployment of American combat troops demonstrates that that pledge is being kept," said House
Majority Leader, Steny H Hoyer.

Though our combat mission in Iraq is over, grave challenges remain. While America seeks a stable Iraqi
government, capable of standing on its own, enemies of the Iraqi people still intend to sow violence and undermine Iraq’s democratically-elected government, he added.