Just moments ago, President Obama announced that the U.S. will remove all of the remaining troops from Iraq by the end of this year.
In a press-conference today, the President announced that he spoke with Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to reassure him that the agreed upon deadline would stand. He also invited PrimeMinister Nouri al-Maliki to the White House in December to discuss how the U.S. can assist Iraq in a moving forward and building a stronger nation.
The 2011 date was apart of a bilateral security accord negotiated by the Bush Administration, however, U.S. and Iraqi officials were trying to negotiate a deal that would allow some troops to remain. However, both governments could not agree on agreement that would have given U.S. troops immunity from prosecution.
Last year, more than 100,000 combat troops were removed from Iraq, and today the President assured the military that the remaining 39,000 troops “would be home by the Holidays” and the war would officially be over.
What do you think about American troops leaving Iraq? Are the Iraquis ready to protect their own country?