War in Iraq Over in 2011, Barack Obama Reveals End Date (WATCH)!
This is some very good news to deliver on a Friday afternoon! President Barack Obama has just confirmed that after nine years of American troops being stationed overseas, the war in Iraq (which began in 2003) will officially end by January 1st.
In his statement he said that most troops will “be home for the holidays” which will be true Christmas miracles for families all over the United States.
Here is his statement:
“After nearly nine years, America’s war in Iraq will be over. The coming months will be another season of homecomings. Across America, our servicemen and women will be reunited with their families … This December will be a time to reflect on all that we’ve been through in this war. “[He and Iraq prime minister Nouri al-Maliki are in] full agreement about how to move forward. [Our troops will exit Iraw] with their heads held high, proud of their success, and knowing that the American people stand united in our support for our troops. With our diplomats and civilian advisers in the lead, we will help Iraqis strengthen institutions that are just, representative, and accountable. We’ll build new ties of trade and of commerce, culture and education that unleash the potential of the Iraqi people. We’ll partner with an Iraq that contributes to regional security and peace, just as we insist that other nations respect Iraq’s sovereignty. I would note that the end of war in Iraq reflects a larger transition. The tide of war is receding.”
You can see his speech below: