America’s war in Iraq will come to a close by the end of this year. President Barack Obama made the announcement today that virtually all US troops will be coming home from Iraq by the end of this year.
President Obama declared:
“After nearly nine years, America’s war in Iraq will be over. The coming months will be a season of homecomings. Our troops in Iraq will definitely be home for the holidays.”
About 150 of the 39,000 troops in Iraq will stay in Iraq to assist in arms sales. Everyone else will be back home by December 31.
The president stressed that the pull out was part of his 2008 campaign pledge. The war in Iraq has so far claimed the lives of 4,400 Americans and have cost more than $700 billion.
It should be noted that after the pullout, there will still remain nonmilitary US personnel who would remain in Iraq and would need security, 1,700 of which would be diplomats, law enforcement officers and various professionals and experts. They will be secured by 5,000 security contractors and 4,500 support staff.
Are you finally relieved that this war is finally coming to an end? What do you think is in store for the Iraqis?