Free Republic 4th Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $28,695
Woo hoo!! And the first 32% is in!! Thank you all very much!! God bless.

Keyword: troopwithdrawal

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • When US Troops Left Too Soon

    05/11/2015 4:42:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 72 replies ^ | May 10, 2015 | Jeff Jacoby
    Last month marked the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, a moment vividly encapsulated by the frenzied scene of South Vietnamese desperately trying to reach the last helicopter on the roof of the American embassy. April was also the 150th anniversary of the surrender at Appomattox, when Robert E. Lee capitulated to Ulysses S. Grant, bringing the bloodiest fighting of the Civil War to an end.The two episodes seemingly have little to do with each other. But each, in its way, illustrates one of the bleakly recurring themes of US military history: When America's armed forces prematurely abandon the...
  • President Who Pulled U.S. Troops Out of Iraq Says Idea He Pulled Troops Out of Iraq is "Bogus"

    08/11/2014 7:46:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 66 replies ^ | August 11, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    In 2008 then Senator Obama campaigned on the promise of ending the war in Iraq and bringing combat troops home. In 2012, Obama touted that promise as complete (one of the only campaign promises he actually kept) and critics warned leaving Iraq without a residual U.S. force would result in a power vacuum and vulnerable state. Now as the country falls apart and the radical Islamic State army continues its march unchallenged in Iraq, Obama is claiming he wasn't the one who made the decision to pull U.S. combat troops out of the country and that claims to the...
  • ‘Astounding': Flashbacks shred Obama claim troop withdrawal from Iraq wasn’t his decision

    08/11/2014 3:36:11 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 18 replies ^ | august 9, 2014
    During his statement on the situation in Iraq before leaving for Martha’s Vineyard, President Obama was asked if he regretted pulling the remaining U.S. troops from Iraq in 2011. An agitated Obama answered that it wasn’t his decision. In other words, “Bush’s fault”: -snip Obama campaigned on and eventually took credit for and celebrated the withdrawal of troops from Iraq, and now it wasn’t his decision?
  • 10 Reasons Why Iraq's Bloodbath Is Not W's Fault

    06/26/2014 8:32:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | June 26, 2014 | Larry Elder
    1) In 2011, President Barack Obama pronounced Iraq "self-reliant and democratic," and "a country in which people from different religious sects and ethnicities can resolve their differences peacefully through the democratic process." In 2010, Vice President Joe Biden called Iraq "one of the great achievements of this administration." Obama ignored pleas by top generals who advised against pulling out without leaving a residual force. 2) Nearly everybody assumed Saddam Hussein possessed stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction. Of the newspaper editorials that opposed the war, not one challenged the assumption that Iraq possessed stockpiles of WMD. President George W. Bush...
  • US troop withdrawals spark German job losses

    02/28/2014 11:28:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies ^ | 28 Feb 2014 10:12 GMT+01:00
    Hundreds of Germans will lose their jobs through US Army troop withdrawals under cutbacks announced by the American military. The military announced last week that 554 Germans directly employed by US forces would be made redundant. But the communities around the army bases warned the knock-on effect would be far greater than the headline job loss figure. …
  • Undermining McCain Campaign Attack, Republicans Back Obama‘s Version of Meeting

    09/20/2008 2:29:14 PM PDT · by 2nd amendment mama · 65 replies · 378+ views
    ABC news ^ | 8/19/2008 | Jake Tapper and Kirit Radia
    Earlier this week, the campaign of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., seized upon a column in the New York Post that described Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., as having urged Iraqi leaders in a private meeting to delay coming to an agreement with the Bush administration on the status of U.S. troops. "Obama has tried in private to persuade Iraqi leaders to delay an agreement on a drawdown of the American military presence," Post columnist Amir Taheri wrote, quoting Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, who told the Post that Obama, during his meeting with Iraqi leaders in July, "asked why we were...
  • McClatchey: As U.S.-Iraqi troop talks faltered, Obama didn't pick up the phone

    10/25/2011 6:36:20 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 10 replies
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | 10-25-11 | Roy Gutman
    BAGHDAD — Throughout the summer and autumn, as talks on a continued U.S. military presence in Iraq foundered, President Barack Obama and his point man on Iraq, Vice President Joe Biden, remained aloof from the process, not even phoning top Iraqi officials to help reach a deal, according to logs released by the U.S. Embassy here.
  • Iraq Withdrawal, a Gift to Iran (We might be throwing away our gains with premature departure)

    10/24/2011 7:03:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/24/2011 | The Editors
    If the Iranians pride themselves on playing chess while we play checkers, they never could have expected us to walk away from the board. But that’s our next move in Iraq. President Obama announced on Friday that all of the roughly 40,000 U.S. troops will leave the country by the end of the year. We are thus handing the Iranians a goal they have sought for years — to remove us from Iraq entirely so they can better influence the country for their ends. It once seemed that Iraq could be a strategic ally and base for our influence in...
  • Iraqi Civilians Die in Raid, Complicating Pullout Talks

    08/07/2011 10:15:42 AM PDT · by americanophile · 16 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | August 6, 2011 | MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
    BAGHDAD — For the second time in a week, a joint Iraqi-American raid aiming at insurgents resulted in the killing of civilians. Amid pressure from American officials, who privately say some troops should remain, the Iraqi government announced on Wednesday that it would begin negotiations about a continued American troop presence. Some politicians were already railing against the Americans for Friday’s raid, criticizing troops in the local press for once again violating Iraq’s sovereignty. According to American military officials, the operation in Ishaqi was singling out a cell of insurgents who were assembling explosives. It remains unclear whether the insurgents...
  • Uh oh: White House caught lying about Petraeus’s withdrawal recommendations?

    06/28/2011 7:07:04 PM PDT · by Qbert · 21 replies
    Hot Air ^ | JUNE 28, 2011 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Terrific catch by Stephen Hayes from this afternoon’s Afghanistan testimony by Lt. Gen. John Allen. I can’t help but wonder: Why would the White House lie and claim that Obama’s withdrawal plan was within the range of options presented to him by Petraeus? I thought the next 18 months were going to be all about Obama going with his gut. Wingin’ it, if you will. His gut told him that he needs to get reelected, and the easiest way to do that was to yank as many troops as possible out of the country no matter what it might mean...
  • White House pressures GOP leaders for stance on troop withdrawal

    08/31/2010 8:43:08 AM PDT · by Qbert · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/31/2010 | Michael O'Brien
    The White House sought on Tuesday to put the pressure on top Republicans to say whether they support the withdrawal of 90,000 troops this month from Iraq. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs questioned GOP leaders — in particular, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) — to say where they stand on the change in mission in Iraq that resulted in the withdrawal of tens of thousands of U.S. troops from the country. "I think what the American people would like to know with Congressman Boehner is: Do you support the withdrawing of 90,000 troops that the president is marking...
  • Will Bam lose Iraq?

    08/03/2010 2:26:39 AM PDT · by Scanian · 24 replies · 6+ views
    NY Post ^ | August 3, 2010 | Ralph Peters
    One president gave his pre mature "Mission Accomplished" speech about Iraq on the deck of an aircraft carrier. Now another has given his own version as part of a Chicago-ward-politics sales pitch to disabled veterans. The difference is that the first guy was sincere. President Obama's pork-barrel speech to the Disabled Veterans of America yesterday (if you want to help our vets, shut up and do it) would have drawn a blush from those Soviet propagandists who cropped purged Politburo members from Stalin-era photographs. Ignoring his own opposition to the liberation of Iraq, supporting our troops and the surge, Obama...
  • Disaster by timetable: How US could lose Iraq peace

    02/22/2010 4:22:10 AM PST · by Scanian · 9 replies · 287+ views
    NY Post ^ | February 22, 2010 | ARTHUR HERMAN
    It's a bizarre sight watching Vice President Joe Biden and President Obama trying to grab the credit for American success in the war in Iraq -- a war of which both were outspoken critics. It's a little like someone who's been throwing rocks at a drowning man, demanding a lifesaving medal when the man manages to swim to shore. But now the crucial issue isn't the credit for winning the war. It's whether Obama is up to winning the peace. Simply rechristening the operations in Iraq from Iraqi Freedom to New Dawn, as Obama did this last week, won't cut...
  • Iraq Army to United States, "Oh Won't You Stay Just a Little Bit Longer"

    12/08/2009 7:32:14 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 2 replies · 342+ views
    washingon times/the lid ^ | 12/8/09 | The Lid
    The people of Iraq faced a horrible terrorist attack aimed at their nascent government. At least 127 people have been killed and more than 200 others wounded in a series of bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, police say. Two car bombs exploded near the labour and interior ministries, two more struck in central Baghdad, and another at a police patrol in Dora, in the south of the city. The first explosion in central Baghdad was heard at 10.25 am (0725 GMT) on Tuesday, with a second blast within seconds and a third one a minute later. Yesteday,...
  • Air Force says goodbye to Camp Bucca

    12/07/2009 3:44:16 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 487+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Shaun Emery, USAF
    CAMP BUCCA — The 586th Air Expeditionary Group's 887th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron ended operations during a deactivation ceremony here, Dec. 3. The furling of the squadron’s colors marked the end of the its three-year partnership with the Army providing counterinsurgency, detainee operations and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support. The 887th ESFS was activated in May 2007. Since that time, the squadron endured 40 improvised explosive device detonations, cleared another 16 IEDs, and withstood multiple small arms attacks. As a result of their accomplishments, they've been awarded more than 1,000 medals, including the Bronze Star Medal with Valor, Meritorious Service...
  • Faking an Osama Drama: The Pakistani con game

    12/05/2009 3:19:26 AM PST · by Scanian · 3 replies · 553+ views
    NY Post ^ | December 5, 2009 | Ralph Peters
    Reliably sympathetic to non-Western lies, the BBC reported yesterday that a prisoner in Pakistani custody knows a guy who saw Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan last January. Headlines! Now, Osama may, indeed, pop over the border into Afghanistan now and then -- but this report is a shameless Pakistani Inter Services Intelligence agency concoction. Why? Because the Pakistanis have taken a lot of heat recently over suspicions -- including those raised in The Post -- that they know where Osama is but shield him for their own benefit. Even party-line US government officials have grown skeptical about the Pakistani government's...
  • German Chancellor Merkel: No timeline to bring troops home from Afghanistan

    08/23/2009 5:18:57 PM PDT · by NCjim · 3 replies · 734+ views
    Edmonton Sun ^ | August 23, 2009
    BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday that German troops would stay in Afghanistan until their goals were achieved, dismissing the possibility of setting a timeline for withdrawal. In an interview with ZDF television being aired Sunday night, provided in advance to the AP, Merkel said she could not commit to bringing the troops home in a specific timeframe. She said she wanted them home “as soon as possible” but not until the mission was complete. “We have a goal, and that is self-sustaining security for Afghanistan,” she said. She would not speculate on when that goal might be reached....
  • DoD News Briefing with Lt. Gen. Helmick From Iraq [How long in Iraq after 2012?]

    08/20/2009 6:34:36 PM PDT · by DJ Elliott · 4 replies · 386+ views
    DefenseLink ^ | 20 August 2009 | DoD Transcript
    Q As you say, the complexity of this training effort, particularly with the Iraqi air force -- again, do you think that some trainers, U.S. trainers and mentors, will be needed after 2011? GEN. HELMICK: Well, I guess it depends on how we identify air sovereignty for the Iraqi air force. There will be a team that comes here from Washington, D.C., in the next week or so, to kind of refine where the Iraqi air force is and where they think the Iraqi air force should be, based on the current glide path, if you will, on procurement of...
  • Iraqis uneasy at idea of early US withdrawal

    08/15/2009 2:04:21 PM PDT · by pissant · 14 replies · 710+ views
    Seattle PI ^ | 8/15/09 | Kim Gammel
    BAGHDAD -- Unnerved by bombings that have killed hundreds this summer, many Iraqis are losing faith in their own security forces and fear the Americans are leaving too quickly. The misgivings about the U.S. pullback from the cities, and even about the Dec. 31, 2011 deadline for a full withdrawal, come at a time when a senior U.S. officer has suggested the Americans declare victory and leave even sooner. Iraqis, including military commanders, believe their security forces aren't ready to act alone.

    08/08/2009 4:14:22 PM PDT · by neverdem · 26 replies · 1,379+ views
    NY Post ^ | August 8, 2009 | AMIR TAHERI
    <p>"WHERE are the Ameri cans?" Talk to Iraqis in Baghdad these days, and you'll likely hear the question.</p> <p>Of course, everyone knows where the Americans are physically. The 130,000 US troops cantoned in a diminishing number of barracks outside the cities make their presence felt on occasion. The thousands of civilian Americans who are helping build a new Iraq are also easy to spot.</p>
  • US Troops Now A 'Coalition Of One' In Iraq [But Didn't Obama Promise That More Would Join?]

    08/01/2009 9:39:30 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 4 replies · 1,166+ views
    SFChronicle ^ | August 01, 2009
    US troops now a 'coalition of one' in Iraq By CHELSEA J. CARTER, Associated Press Writer Saturday, August 1, 2009 The war in Iraq was truly an American-only effort Saturday after Britain and Australia, the last of its international partners, pulled out. Little attention was paid in Iraq to what effectively ended the so-called coalition of the willing, with the U.S. — as the leader of Multi-National Force, Iraq — letting the withdrawals pass without any public demonstration. The quiet end of the coalition was a departure from its creation, which saw then-U.S. President George W. Bush court countries for...
  • Flag lowered as last 12 Diggers leave Iraq

    07/31/2009 4:19:13 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 10 replies · 469+ views
    The Weekend Australian ^ | 1st August 2009 | Mark Dodd
    THE last 12 Australian troops serving with US units in Iraq have finished their mission and are heading home, formally ending Canberra's controversial six-year involvement in the bloody conflict. ..... Under an agreement between Canberra and the Iraqi government all Australian troops except those serving with an embassy-based security detachment had to be withdrawn by July 31. ..... Departing Australian troops were farewelled with flag-lowering ceremonies, with the honour of the last Australian soldier to leave Iraq going to Corporal Don Mander. ..... Defence Minister John Faulkner said the withdrawal of the last Australian troops marked an end to Operation...
  • Last Diggers out of Iraq

    07/31/2009 3:35:14 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies · 508+ views ^ | 31st July 2009
    AUSTRALIA has officially ended its six-year military presence in Iraq three days ahead of the deadline. Some 20,000 members of the army, navy and air force have served in Iraq since 2003. The honour of being the last Digger to leave the strife-torn country went to Corporal Don Mander. He stepped aboard an RAAF C-130 Hercules transport aircraft at Baghdad International Airport on Tuesday afternoon, the last of 12 Australian personnel embedded within US units operating in Baghdad. They arrived home last night. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says Australia's troops did a "fantastic'' job and Iraq has now achieved "a...
  • Britain to Withdraw Remaining Forces in Iraq to Kuwait

    07/28/2009 8:22:52 AM PDT · by Cheap_Hessian · 1 replies · 523+ views
    AP ^ | July 28, 2009
    BAGHDAD — Britain says it will withdraw its remaining forces in Iraq to Kuwait, after the Iraqi parliament failed to pass a deal allowing the British troops to stay beyond the end of the month. The deal would have let up to 100 British troop stay in Iraq to protect oil platforms and provide training in the south of the country. The rest of the British forces are withdrawing under a separate agreement. British Embassy spokesman Jawwad Syed said Tuesday it's a procedural delay and that the remaining British forces will pull back to Kuwait until the issue is resolved....
  • The surge worked: Iraqi transfer of power is a sign of stability

    06/30/2009 10:19:44 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 2 replies · 482+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | July 1, 2009 | Editorial
    It may not be "Mission accomplished," but we are getting closer. Yesterday, the United States completed the process of withdrawing from Iraq's cities. American forces closed or turned over to Iraqi authorities 150 bases and facilities. The Iraqis are happy to see us go, and we are glad to be leaving.
  • Withdrawal Marks Historic Day for Future of Iraq, General Says

    06/30/2009 5:46:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 335+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Dave Lankford, USA
    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq, June 30, 2009 – In accordance with Article 5 of the security agreement between the U.S. and Iraqi governments, Iraqi security forces now have full ownership of security in their cities, towns and villages. Army Capt. Rich Turvey, commander of 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery Regiment, signs over Joint Security Station Salaam to Iraqi army 1st Lt. Jassim Abbas at a transfer ceremony near Numaniyah, Iraq, June 20, 2009. In accordance with the U.S.-Iraqi security agreement, Iraqi security forces took full ownership of security in their cities, towns and villages on June 30, 2009. U.S....
  • The Troop Drawdown Could Be Costly for Iraq (MichaelRubin)

    06/30/2009 11:27:08 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 351+ views ^ | June 30, 2009
    Today is a milestone in Iraq. Under the terms of the Strategic Framework Agreement, U.S. troops will withdraw from Iraqi cities. In retrospect, however, June 30 will likely mark another milestone: the end of the surge and the relative peace it brought to Iraq. In the past week, bombings in Baghdad, Mosul and near Kirkuk have killed almost 200 people. The worst is yet to come. While the Strategic Framework Agreement was negotiated in the twilight of the Bush administration, President Barack Obama shaped the final deal. He campaigned on a time line to withdraw combat troops from Iraq, and...

    06/30/2009 3:13:48 AM PDT · by Scanian · 5 replies · 919+ views
    NYPost ^ | June 30, 2009 | Ralph Peters
    OUR effort in Iraq passed a major milestone today: Our troops are leaving the cities. Advisers remain in place. Joint patrols will still occur. And our forces will wait nearby to respond to Iraqi calls for support. But the last of the bases and US-only outposts within Iraq's urban centers will be vacated. Terrorists have already begun testing the new security arrangements. Iraqi forces won't always pass with flying colors. Yet this situation seemed a pipe dream not so long ago: Iraq's security forces, serving an elected government, assume primary responsibility for the good order of their own country. We...
  • Fireworks over Baghdad as Iraqis take over cities

    06/29/2009 7:59:57 PM PDT · by BillyKess · 25 replies · 1,744+ views
    BAGHDAD – Iraqi forces assumed formal control of Baghdad and other cities Tuesday after American troops handed over security in urban areas in a defining step toward ending the U.S. combat role in the country. A countdown clock broadcast on Iraqi TV ticked to zero as the midnight deadline passed for U.S. combat troops to finish their pullback to bases outside cities. "The withdrawal of American troops is completed now from all cities after everything they sacrificed for the sake of security," said Sadiq al-Rikabi, a senior adviser to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. "We are now celebrating the restoration of...
  • Iraqi Troops Ready for Added Responsibility, Pentagon Spokesman Says

    06/29/2009 4:43:47 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 493+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, June 29, 2009 – The withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from all Iraqi cities and towns was completed over the weekend and ahead of tomorrow’s deadline, a Pentagon spokesman said on a cable TV news show today. “Overall, the security situation is stable enough for Iraqi security forces to take on this added responsibility,” Geoff Morrell said on CNN’s “Newsroom.” “It’s one that they want, and it’s one that the commanders on the ground feel they are capable of taking on. “It has to be OK because there’s a legal agreement, which forces us to abide by these timelines,”...
  • With a cloud of dust, the U.S. pulls out of Najaf

    06/29/2009 4:29:07 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 2 replies · 742+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | June 29, 2009 | Seth Robson,
    NAJAF, Iraq — A stream of U.S. military trucks laden with supplies rolled down a dusty four-lane highway over the weekend, ending the U.S. presence in one of Shiite Islam’s holiest cities. Coalition forces, including U.S., British and Spanish troops, have patrolled Najaf, with its population of around 900,000, since it was captured by the 101st Airborne Division in April 2003. The city has had its share of violence since then. Uprisings by firebrand cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s militia in 2004 sparked fierce fighting in the Wadi al-Salem — a sprawling cemetery where Shiites from around the world hope to be...
  • MSM Ignoring The Victory In Iraq

    06/29/2009 12:38:58 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 40 replies · 860+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-29-09 | Curt
    We have victory in Iraq due to our brave military members, the brave Iraqi's who stood and fought for their country, and President Bush. But where is the MSM on this great day? Iraqi government TV has been playing patriotic music to celebrate the U.S. military withdrawal from cities, towns and villages across the country, officially set to be completed by Tuesday June 30th. Iraqi military vehicles were also covered with flowers to celebrate the event, and military parades, complete with band music, were organized in Diyala and Diwania provinces. The government declared a "Day of National Sovereignty" to mark...
  • Iraqis rejoice as U.S. troops leave Baghdad

    06/29/2009 10:22:47 AM PDT · by americanophile · 34 replies · 2,749+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! News ^ | June 30, 2009 | Tim Cocks and Muhanad Mohammed
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) – U.S. troops pulled out of Baghdad on Monday, triggering jubilation among Iraqis hopeful that foreign military occupation is ending six years after the invasion to depose Saddam Hussein. Iraqi soldiers paraded through the streets in their American-made vehicles draped with Iraqi flags and flowers, chanting, dancing and calling the pullout a "victory." One drove a motorcycle with party streamers on it; another, a Humvee with a garland of plastic roses on the grill. U.S. combat troops must pull out of Iraq's urban centers by midnight on Tuesday under a bilateral security pact that also requires all troops...
  • Increased Violence Expected as U.S. Troops Leave Iraqi Cities

    06/24/2009 5:57:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 600+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 24, 2009 – Predicting an uptick in violence in Iraq as U.S. combat troops leave the cities by June 30, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said today that deployed troops have geared up for the heightened threat as they comply with the U.S.-Iraq status of forces agreement. “I think we have reason to believe -- and I think our forces have been alerted to the possibility -- that we will likely see an uptick in violence leading up to the June 30 deadline for U.S. combat forces to leave Iraqi cities and towns,” Morrell told Pentagon reporters. He...
  • US says troops leaving Iraq, Qaeda crippled (any MSM-libs showcasing this?)

    06/20/2009 3:57:08 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 8 replies · 2,436+ views
    US commander in Iraq claims the military has largely honored the security agreement with Baghdad amid, what he claimed to be, a relative lull in militant activities. On Monday, General Ray Odierno said the pullout from urban areas was on the go with the troops having left the Iraqi forces in charge of 142 former US bases, Xinhua reported. Briefing a press conference in Baghdad, he suggested a link between the withdrawal and an alleged respite in al-Qaeda-linked attacks -- which the United States projects as an outcome its invasion of Iraq. Odierno claimed the US was 'absolutely committed' to...
  • Iraq declares victory as U.S. troops leave cities

    06/20/2009 6:06:47 AM PDT · by shove_it · 24 replies · 843+ views
    yahoo! via rooters ^ | 6/20/2009 | Khalid al-Ansary
    Iraq's leader declared victory Saturday as the country began to end a foreign occupation with the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from cities, and told Iraqis not to lose faith if the pullback resulted in attacks. As part of a security pact signed between Baghdad and Washington last year, U.S. combat forces must leave urban centers by June 30 and the entire force that invaded Iraq in 2003 must be gone by 2012. "It is a great victory for Iraqis that we are taking the first step toward ending the foreign presence in Iraq," Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki told a...
  • Referendum on SOFA could boot U.S. from Iraq in 2010

    06/14/2009 10:40:51 PM PDT · by xzins · 6 replies · 969+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | June 15, 2009 | Heath Druzin
    As the U.S. military continues its slow withdrawal from Iraq, the Iraqi people face a decision that might force those efforts into overdrive. A referendum scheduled for July 30 would give Iraqis the chance to vote for or against the Iraqi-U.S. security agreement that calls for all American troops to leave Iraq by Dec. 31, 2011. If the referendum goes ahead as scheduled and Iraqi voters reject the agreement — a likely outcome, observers say — the United States would be obliged to pull out troops one year after the vote, or nearly 1˝ years before the deadline set by...
  • Marines will come out of Iraq by spring 2010

    06/11/2009 3:55:30 PM PDT · by Paige · 6 replies · 700+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 06/11/2009 | Lolita C. Balbor
    All but a few dozen of the 16,000 Marines now in Iraq will be out by next spring, the Marine Corps commandant said Thursday, putting a solid end date on a long-anticipated exit. Gen. James T. Conway said his Marine commanders are already moving equipment out of Anbar Province, where his forces have largely been concentrated. But the larger exodus will begin shortly after the Iraqi elections....
  • UK combat operations end in Iraq

    04/30/2009 5:04:06 AM PDT · by Jonny foreigner · 2 replies · 295+ views
    A ceremony has been held in Basra to mark the official end of the six-year British military presence in Iraq. UK combat operations finished when 20 Armoured Brigade handed over to a US brigade at a "flagdown ceremony". In London, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said a new chapter in relations between the two countries had begun. Earlier, a memorial service attended by Defence Secretary John Hutton took place in Basra for the 179 UK personnel who have died during the conflict. The focus was a memorial wall featuring the names of the 234 UK and foreign troops who lost their...
  • Gates Cites Need to Learn From Past Drawdowns

    04/18/2009 3:41:49 AM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies · 435+ views
    AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE ^ | April 17, 2009 | Jim Garamone
    Note: The following text is a quote: Gates Cites Need to Learn From Past Drawdowns By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service NEWPORT, R.I., April 17, 2009 – As the U.S. military winds down from Iraq and Afghanistan in the future, leaders must learn the lessons of past drawdowns, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today. Gates spoke to the class and staff of the Naval War College. He said leaders must understand that as conflicts end, the United States cannot unilaterally disarm. Gates said one of his favorite sayings from his 43 years of federal service is, “Experience...
  • U.S. On Track to Meet Withdrawal Deadlines, Odierno Says

    04/12/2009 12:26:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 354+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 12, 2009 – The U.S. is on track to meet the terms of a timeline of withdrawal from Iraq, the top American commander in Iraq said today. Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno said he believes the U.S. is prepared to fulfill a deal requiring U.S. forces to leave major Iraqi cities by June 30 and all combat troops to depart the country by the end of 2011. “We continue to work with the government of Iraq so they can meet that timeline so that they are able to maintain stability after...
  • As Marines' exit gathers pace, some Iraqis fret

    04/11/2009 2:32:31 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 808+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/11/09 | Chelsea J. Carter - ap
    RAMADI, Iraq – As the Marine Corps shrinks its footprint in Iraq's western desert, Iraqi community leaders here are publicly voicing worries about what will happen once the Americans are gone. They fear a wave of corruption and the return of the insurgency that once held sway over the area. Marines have begun divorcing themselves from the task of advising local leaders, the clearest signal that their role in Anbar province is quickly nearing its end. An Associated Press reporter embedded with the troops witnessed two cases in a single day of Iraqis — a headmistress and a party of...
  • Exit strategy is still forming

    03/19/2009 1:39:38 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 1 replies · 280+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | March 19, 2009 | Stars and Stripes
    Iraqi, U.S. officials cite different pullout terms As the endgame of the U.S. involvement in Iraq develops, some plans are in place but there are several practical questions that remain unanswered. Under the withdrawal plan announced by President Barack Obama in late February, some 35,000 to 50,000 U.S. troops will remain in Iraq from summer 2010 to the end of 2011. Their mission is supposed to be limited to training Iraqi forces, conducting counter-terrorism operations, and protecting U.S. civilian and military personnel operating in the country. Some of the previous ideas about a continuing U.S. presence in the region have...
  • Iraqi Forces Weary of America's Troop Withdrawal

    03/09/2009 7:44:07 PM PDT · by autumnraine · 14 replies · 999+ views
    Grenades lie unattended next to a west Mosul bazaar. Garbage bags throughout the city are searched daily for bombs. At a sprawling sheep market, Iraqi army soldiers are careful not to kick over rocks for fear of setting off hidden explosives. War has ebbed in most parts of Iraq, but not in Mosul, the third-largest city and Al Qaeda's last stronghold in the fragile new democracy. And time is running out on the around-the-clock U.S. military patrols of Mosul. U.S. troops must vacate cities by June 30 under an agreement with the Iraqis, and President Obama is ending all American...
  • Leaders Begin Troop Withdrawal in Iraq, General Says

    03/09/2009 5:18:01 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 288+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, March 9, 2009 – Military leaders in Iraq have begun working toward achieving President Barack Obama’s goal of a complete troop withdrawal from Iraq by the end of 2010, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman said during a briefing from Iraq yesterday. “Between now and September … we’ll be reducing by two brigade combat teams here on the ground in Iraq,” Army Maj. Gen. David Perkins, the command’s director for strategic effects, said. “We’ll also be reducing the number of various enablers.” Enablers are the units that make it possible for the brigade combat teams to carry out their missions,...
  • Admiral Mike Mullen Says He is Comfortable with Obama Iraq Withdrawal Plan - Video 3/1/09

    03/02/2009 6:03:25 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 13 replies · 474+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | March 2, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff - Admiral Mike Mullen - talking with CNN's John King yesterday about President Obama's timeline for withdrawal of all U.S. "Combat" Troops from Iraq. Mullen says he is very comfortable with the plan decided on, and that Obama did listen to his commanders in the field in making this decision. It is hilarious to me that Obama is touting the withdrawal of all "combat" troops by August 2010 to cover himself on his campaign pledge to pull out of Iraq. The only thing is, he is leaving 50,000 Troops...
  • Battle building amongst Dems over Iraq troop-reduction plan (Murtha says all out now!)

    03/01/2009 12:56:39 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 35 replies · 1,177+ views
    The Examiner ^ | 3-1-09 | Susan Ferrechio
    Battle building amongst Dems over Iraq troop-reduction planBy Susan Ferrechio Chief Congressional Correspondent 3/1/09 “I don’t think we should leave any troops there,” Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., who heads the defense appropriations subcommittee that allocates war funds said about the troop-reduction plan. ..Congressional Democrats’ misgivings about President Barack Obama’s plan to reduce troop levels in Iraq has set the stage for potentially major conflicts between Capitol Hill and the White House in the months ahead.Obama’s announcement Friday that he will leave between 35,000 and 50,000 troops in Iraq after August 2010 brought lukewarm responses from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi,...
  • What Obama Didn't Say in His 18-Month Iraq Withdrawal Timetable

    02/28/2009 9:14:44 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 9 replies · 623+ views
    AINA (Assyrian International News Agency) ^ | February 27, 2009 | Anna Mulrine
    President Obama's announcement of an 18-month timeline today for withdrawing U.S. combat forces from Iraq included a notable nod to his U.S. military commanders. "Let there be no doubt," he acknowledged during a visit to Camp Lejeune, N.C. "Iraq is not yet secure." He added that "too many fundamental questions remain unresolved." No one is more aware of this point than the U.S. military. President Obama's plan to bring U.S. troops home ultimately represents a compromise between top U.S. military commanders on the ground in Iraq--who pushed for a slower-than-16-month timeline while warning the president and his advisers that Iraq...
  • Obama Gives Iraq to Al-Qaeda

    02/28/2009 10:17:09 AM PST · by cardinal4 · 15 replies · 529+ views
    artorius castus blog ^ | 28 Feb 09 | Patrick Truax
    In announcing the US’s plans to withdraw from Iraq, and going as far as setting a date, President Obama has literally given away the Iraqi store. Citing progress, the continually improving Iraqi training cycles, and Afghanistan the United States has given the terrorist organization plenty of times to order new drapes and carpeting.
  • Obama unveils Iraq pullout plan (All troops out by end of 2011. Sounds like a Bush plan.)

    02/28/2009 5:29:02 AM PST · by tobyhill · 22 replies · 880+ views
    boston globe ^ | 2/28/2009 | Joseph Williams
    After nearly six years of war and 4,300 US military deaths, President Obama declared yesterday that combat operations in Iraq will end in 18 months and that most US troops will head home by then - but that the vast majority of the 142,000 troops now on the ground will stay through the end of this year to safeguard Iraq's national elections in December. The president announced that 35,000 to 50,000 troops will stay in the country as late as Dec. 31, 2011, the full withdrawal deadline set by Iraqi leaders and President George W. Bush, and that Obama pledged...