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Old 08-31-2010, 08:54 PM   #1 (permalink)

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Default US ends combat mission in Iraq

Obama declares end of Iraq combat mission - *News - MSN CA

President Barack Obama made it official Tuesday: Operation Iraqi Freedom is over, and the nation’s No. 1 priority is fixing the economy.

“The end of our combat mission in Iraq” comes at “a time of great uncertainty for many Americans,” Obama said in a nationally televised address from the Oval Office of the White House.
The last full U.S. combat brigade actually left Iraq two weeks ago. But Obama waited to mark the end of the combat mission until Tuesday, the deadline he’d announced in February, and he did it without declaring victory, saying that while Iraq’s security was now in the hands of the Iraqis, the advance had had come “a huge price” for the United States.
Obama warned that political paralysis and sectarian violence still clouded the country’s future, saying it was important that Iraq’s leaders “move forward with a sense of urgency to form an inclusive government that is just, representative and accountable to the Iraqi people.”
After years of fighting, tens of thousands of casualties, the Americans are going to end their military campaign in Iraq. You have to ask yourself, was everything in Iraq necessary? Did all those people die in vain? What will the future of Iraq?
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