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Preparations for US’s Iraq withdrawal in full swing

October 30, 2011

Preparations for US’s Iraq withdrawal in full swing

 

COS KALSU: At a US base south of Baghdad, trucks plod in either direction amid a hive of activity: with the clock ticking on a year-end withdrawal, preparations are in full swing.

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From The Desk Of Donald Trump: Iran and Iraq

October 24, 2011

Barack Obama: All US troops to leave Iraq in 2011

October 24, 2011

Barack Obama: All US troops to leave Iraq in 2011

 

All US troops will be pulled out of Iraq by the end of the year, President Barack Obama has announced.

 

Thank You !

October 22, 2011
The Band of Mothers and the Gathering of Eagles extend their deepest appreciation to all the organizations that signed onto “The 3000” letter.  As President Obama announced yesterday that ALL troops will exit Iraq by the end of December, “The 3000” letter’s mission has come to a successful end.  No members of our military will be left behind!
We are supremely proud of the service of our brave soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines, and we recognize the debt that all Americans owe them.
As sponsors of “The 3000” letter, Larry Bailey and I say “Thank you” to each of the signatories who signed onto this letter.  Thank you for taking a stand for our brave men and women!  Your support for their safety means the world to these warriors.
Let us all pray that their journey home is a safe one.
Godspeed to them, and God bless the United States military!
Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers
Larry Bailey
The Gathering of Eagles
Signatories of “The 3000” Letter:

Algonquin, IL Tea Party

American Defense League  (ADL)

American Freedom Defense Initiative

Any Street

Atlas Shrugs

Bare Naked Islam

Bloomington Tea Party

Chandler’s Watch

Cold Spring Conservative

Crystal Lake Tea Party

Eagles UP

English Defence League (EDL)

Free Republic

Hawaii Chapter-Gathering of Eagles

Logan’s Warning

Stop Islamization of America

Streetsweeper Chronicles

The Snooper Report

Urban Infidel

Veterans in Defense of Liberty

Viper’s Vietnam Veterans Pages

West Suburban Patriots

What Bubba Knows

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 898-11 October 21, 2011

October 22, 2011

U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
News Release

Statement by Secretary Panetta on Iraq

           The United States and Iraq affirmed today that the U.S. will fulfill its commitments under the current U.S.-Iraq Security Agreement and withdraw all of our military forces by the end of 2011.

Today’s announcement means that at the end of this year, there will be a clear end to the U.S. combat presence in Iraq.  I wanted to take this opportunity to express my profound gratitude and appreciation to our men and women in uniform who have served in Iraq since 2003.  Our troops and their families have borne a heavy burden during more than eight years of war, and paid a great price.  Yet it is a testament to their strength and resilience that we are now able to bring this war to a responsible end.  Thanks to their service and sacrifice, Iraq is ready to govern and defend itself and to contribute to security and stability in a vital part of the world.

We will now turn our full attention to pursuing a long-term strategic partnership with Iraq based on mutual interests and mutual respect.  Our goal will be to establish a normal relationship similar to others in the region that focuses on meeting security and training needs.   Iraq is a sovereign nation that must determine how to secure its own future.  Going forward, we will work closely with the Iraqi government and their armed forces to help them continue to build a stronger and more prosperous country.

Obama: ‘Long War in Iraq’ Will Finish by End of 2011

October 21, 2011

 

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US denies reports of Iraq withdrawal decision

October 16, 2011
US denies reports of Iraq withdrawal decision
Sun Oct 16, 2011 3:49PM GMT

The Pentagon denied reports Saturday that the U.S. abandoned plans to keep several thousand troops in Iraq after a year-end deadline, saying talks with Baghdad were still underway.

 

In a statement to reporters, Pentagon press secretary George Little denied the news reports: “Suggestions that a final decision has been reached about our training relationship with the Iraqi government are wrong. Those discussions are ongoing,” Little said.

 

The U.S. is still itching to keep about 5,000 additional troops past the deadline in December. The Maliki government – circumventing Parliament – initially agreed to the deal, but talks reached an impasse over granting the additional troops immunity from Iraqi law.

 

Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh last week suggested that Iraq was prepared to bow out of the deal, and instead rely on private contractors for “training” programs in 2012 and beyond.

 

A senior Obama administration official in Washington anonymously confirmed to The Associated Press on Saturday that all American troops will leave Iraq except for about 160 active-duty soldiers attached to the U.S. Embassy.

 

But whether a few thousand or a few hundred, the decrease in the number of troops from the current 41,000 seems unlikely to change Iraq’s new client state status. An effective occupation is not even being negotiated upon. Antiwar

 

FACTS & FIGURES

The Status of Forces Agreement signed by Iraq and the United States during the Bush administration says all U.S. troops must leave Iraq by Dec. 31, 2011. Huffington Post

 

After more than eight years of war, many weary Iraqis are ready to see U.S. troops go, and staunchly defend their national sovereignty against an American force they see as occupiers. NPR

 

The politics of occupation have not changed. For months, American officials warned the Iraqis that if they did not issue a formal request to stay it would become logistically impossible to slow the pullout. NY Times

 

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta supports a plan that would keep 3,000 to 4,000 troops on the ground in Iraq after this year’s withdrawal deadline. Politico

 

Panetta demanded that the Iraqi government ensure explicit and complete immunity for all U.S. soldiers that remain in the nation beyond the end of the year. Antiwar.com

 

Iraqi leaders, however, insist that “only U.S. trainers could stay, and since they were to remain on Iraqi military bases and not participate in missions, they didn’t need the blanket legal immunity troops have enjoyed for years.” Antiwar.com

 

Many analysts believe that the construction of a $600 million Vatican-size U.S. embassy in the heart of Baghdad signifies a permanent presence in Iraq. Fox News