Combat Troop Withdrawal Not a Signal War Is Over Military Advises

Tuesday the 18th marked the final day that American combat troops were officially in Iraq.  The 440-member 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division crossed the Kuwaiti border and became the final combat battalion to leave Iraq.  Currently there are still some 2,000 combat troops stationed around the country.  They are scheduled to be out of the country by the end of August.

Military officials warned that the removal of American combat troops did not signal an end to the war, or an end to American military presence in Iraq.  At the end of August there will still be 50,000 non-combat troops in the country, they will be armed, and they will still face dangers, officials warned.

There is currently a pact between the United States and Iraq that American troops will be out of the country by 2012.  When President Barak Obama took office in 2009, he assured the American people that the United States combat mission in Iraq would be over by the end of August 2010.  The administration will be changing the name of the war from “Operation Iraqi Freedom” to “Operation New Dawn” on the 31st of this month.  However, no one in the military believes that the war is over.

Iraq’s most senior military officer recently stated that he does not believe the American military should leave the country before 2020, when the Iraqi army will be completely ready.  There has been a rise in insurgent operations as the country prepared for the removal of significant American forces.  Officials have said that no one believes Americans will be completely out of Iraq by the end of 2011, and it might be at the request of a still developing Iraq government.

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