Obama Fulfills Pledge to End Iraq Combat Operations
President Barack Obama said Monday that he is upholding his campaign promise to cease combat operations in Iraq by the end of the month.
“As a candidate for president, I pledged to bring the war in Iraq to a responsible end. … I made it clear that by Aug. 31, 2010, America’s combat mission in Iraq would end. And that is exactly what we are doing — as promised, on schedule,” Obama said during remarks at the Disabled Veterans of America Conference in Atlanta.
By the end of the month, the administration will have brought home more than 90,000 troops and closed or turned over hundreds of military bases to the Iraqi government since the president unveiled his new strategy for the region after taking office in 2009. The military has already moved out millions of pieces of equipment “in one of the largest logistics operations that we’ve seen in decades,” he said.
Starting in September, the administration will shift its mission from combat to training Iraqi security forces. Some 50,000 U.S. troops will remain in Iraq until late 2011 as part of that effort.