U.S. Army soldiers make final preparations before leaving Operating Site Echo, in Diwaniyah, 120 kilometers (80 miles) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednes
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U.S. Army soldiers from 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, based at Fort Bragg, N.C., load their baggage as they begin their journey home after a d
President Barack Obama walks toward the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, after a trip to Fort Bragg, N.C.. (AP
The US lower their country’s flag in Baghdad in order to mark formally the end of US military operations in Iraq after nearly nine years of war.
Nearly 5,500 g soldiers have currently left Iraq with security in the hands of the Iraqi authorities. US President Barack Obama came to office in order to pledge to bring troops back to home. Obama also stated that the US left behind a "sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq". It has cost the US some $1tr for mostly 4,500 US soldiers and at least 100,000 Iraqis have died in the war.
According to Bloomberg, it reported, US President Barack Obama marked American troops the end of the US war in Iraq with a salute at a military base central to the fight and a vow to support experienced persons who are returning home to stand a difficult economy.“As your commander in chief, and on behalf of a grateful nation, I’m proud to finally say these two words,” Obama told soldiers at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, home of the 82nd Airborne Division and the Army Special Operations Command. “Welcome home.”
The conclusion of the war is “an extraordinary achievement, nearly nine years in the making,” he said. “And today, we remember everything that you did to make it possible.”