President Obama confirms that the U.S. combat mission in Iraq will end by August 31

August 3rd, 2010 - 12:57 am ICT by BNO News  

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BNO NEWS) – President Barack Obama confirmed on Monday that the United States combat mission in Iraq will end by August 31, in which thousands of military service members are expected to return.

The message came during an event with the Disabled American Veterans in Atlanta, Georgia. Obama said that he intended to fulfill his presidential campaign’s promise to end the war in Iraq. He also commented that the transition of power to full Iraqi responsibility.

“For the past nine years, in Afghanistan and Iraq, they have borne the burdens of war. Through their extraordinary service they have written their own chapters in the American story and by any measure have earned their place among the greatest of generations,” Obama said.

Despite July being the deadliest month in Iraq since 2008, the United States has begun to transfer to Iraq hundreds of bases. Millions of pieces of equipment are being moved in one of the largest logistics operations in decades. At the end of July, more than 90,000 troops were brought back.

“Now, this summer, tens of thousands of our troops in Iraq are coming home. The U.S. President said. “In this season of homecomings, every American can show their gratitude to our patriots who served in Iraq.”

Starting in August, the U.S. strategy will change from combat to support and train Iraqi security forces. In many parts of the Middle Eastern country, Iraqis have already taken the lead for security.

“Our commitment in Iraq is changing—from a military effort led by our troops to a civilian effort led by our diplomats,” Obama added.

Iraq and the U.S. agreed to maintain a transitional force until the whole troops from Iraq are removed by the end of 2011. The troops that will remain deployed in Iraq will train local forces in counter-terrorism missions and protecting civilians and military efforts.

So far more than one million American military members, including soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, coast guardsmen, have served in Iraq. This amount is far more than any conflict since Vietnam.

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