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    Last US Combat Troops Leave Iraq

    The last US combat troops in Iraq have just left the country, with the 4th BCT 2nd ID leaving via ground into Kuwait. 50,000 troops remain to continue to train and assist Iraqis and their government at all levels. The move comes a few days early with the offical withdraw date being Aug 31. However Operation Iraqi Freedom will officially end Aug 31 and Operation New Dawn will begin on Sept 1st.

    What it means? The last units designed for offensive and peacekeeping operations have withdrawn, the remaining 50,000 are entirely support units with no meaningful offensive or combative capability (at least compared to our combat troops).

    It also means that these American troops are now fully at the desposal of the Iraqi government, they cannot operate outside of their baes without approval of the Iraqi government first. So this also means an end all independant US operations in Iraq.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-11020270

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    Should i be scared or happy? I hope this turns out well. God bless our NATO boys.
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    Re: Last US Combat Troops Leave Iraq

    Anyone want to wager how long after we leave their country falls apart again?
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    Re: Last US Combat Troops Leave Iraq

    'Last' U.S. 'Combat' Troops Exit Iraq : The Two-Way : NPR

    But as we at NPR and others have reported previously, going forward there will still be U.S. combat troops in Iraq and they will sometimes find themselves shooting at the enemy and being shot at. That would quality as combat by most definitions. So how is it possible to report that the last combat troops are leaving Iraq when there will still be combat troops there? Take this "last combat troops" news with a grain of salt. It's semantics.

    The departing 4th Stryker Brigade had a specific combat mission, for instance, make contact with the enemy and destroy it. But most of the 50,000 U.S. troops remaining in Iraq will still be trained combat troops. Their ostensible missions will be the training of Iraqis, force protection, counterterrorism etc. If they are attacked, however, rest assured there will be combat. Indeed, insurgents may very well attack remaining U.S. troops to demonstrate that Iraq is far from stable and that progress is elusive.

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    There are at least two big reasons the Obama Administration and military are pushing hard the line about the the last combat troops coming out Wednesday. The main one is that President Barack Obama wants to redeem his campaign pledge to withdraw combat troops from Iraq, which he has defined as the bad war, and and to redeploy them to Afghanistan, the good war, in his estimation.
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    here ya go.

    <The U.S. 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division—the last withdrawing unit of U.S. combat troops in Iraq—is nearing the border into Kuwait early Thursday>

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    Last United States Combat Troops Leave Iraq

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    Re: Last US Combat Troops Leave Iraq

    I wish my brother could come back. It will be a huge relief for thousands of US families that there mama's, papa's, sons and daughters are coming back safetly at last. That war was such a burden for all of us.
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    Re: Last US Combat Troops Leave Iraq

    well. there we go then.

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    Re: Last US Combat Troops Leave Iraq

    We should have never been there in the first place.


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    Re: Last US Combat Troops Leave Iraq

    man, it doesn't even matter anymore. it's over.

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