Seven years after US troops rolled into Iraq, US President Barack Obama officially ended combat operations on Tuesday, saying the nation can now turn to other pressing problems and issues, among them the economy.
In an address to the nation, Obama made the drawdown official; the last combat troops had left Iraq on August 19.
“I am announcing that the American combat mission in Iraq has ended. Operation Iraqi Freedom is over, and the Iraqi people now have lead responsibility for the security of their country,” said Obama.
It’s going to be Afghanistan’s next August.
Obama never liked or approved of the war and was a vocal critic of it, opposing it bitterly as a presidential candidate. And he had promised, to bring the troops home if he elected.
The US lost over 4,400 soldiers and the war cost a trillion dollars. Obama never liked or approved of the war and was a vocal critic of it, opposing it bitterly as a presidential candidate.
Many commentators say they believe the time is not right, that Iraq remains vulnerable.
Obama is keeping 50,000 troops in Iraq but mostly in advisory and training capacity. Some Special Forces groups will also stay to help Iraqi troops hunt down Al-Qaeda insurgents and terrorists.