February 27th, 2009
09:54 AM ET
5 years ago

Obama to announce date for end of combat mission in Iraq

(CNN) - Two senior administration officials say President Barack Obama will declare in his speech Friday at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina: "Let me say this as plainly as I can: by August 31, 2010, our combat mission in Iraq will end."

Related: Obama to pull most troops from Iraq by August 2010


Filed under: Iraq • President Obama
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  1. element

    Go Obama Go I'm sure that the troops and their family's are glad for the hand up.

    February 27, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. Charlotte

    No, JJ. W was not "right all along." He has never been right about anything and we are so blessed to have him out of office, it's a pity he couldn't have been kept out in the first place like the election would have, if it hadn't been stolen. I wish Obama could pull more troops out more quickly, but I have confidence that he is doing the best he can, given the information he now has access to. Dummy Bush ran in there and wrecked their country and built an atrmosphere to help Al Qaeda and left Iraq with a horrible horrible mess; the U.S. owes it to them to try and make sure that our departure does not further destabilize them. I think he's doing it as fast as he possibly can. Hopefully the losers who want us to stay there indefinitely will someday realize what sorry misguided bozos they are.

    February 27, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  3. yuri

    We hear the loud outcries about troop drawdown, to happen forthwith, and it is quite understandable, given the ill-conceived idea of invasion of Iraq, in the first place. But, let's do it so the withdrawal is gradual but relatively more quickly, in order to appease all the parties concerned, without drawin' diabolical diatribes from the right side of the aisle.

    February 27, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  4. Really

    Smoke and mirrors. He is leaving 50k there to do what. Do you think they will not be attacked and need to fight. Why does he not just state that all combat troops have been romoved and those there now are just peacekeepers. Promised fullfilled. That was easy.

    February 27, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  5. Larry

    Ask Oboma what your country can do for you,not what you can do for your country !!!! Bring the war home !!!

    February 27, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. pete

    victory accomplished, thanks Bush. When Obama pulls out too soon, we can blame him.

    February 27, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  7. Art

    Not soon enough! To many politics and more dead for nothing!

    February 27, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  8. Art

    Another sad day indeed!

    February 27, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  9. Eyes wide OPEN

    @Jon in CA February 27th, 2009 11:33 am ET
    Obama = Lying Loser!........No you are the Lying Racist Loser ..... President Obama.is a good Leader ...all you Rush Limbaugh Sheep want him to fail ...Well I got news for you with God on his side he will be successful **JON=Confussed Follower!!!

    February 27, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  10. George Hillsdorm

    What a smart commander-in-chief! Announce to our enemies what day we are pulling out! Gee, I guess USA military planning is changing to a 'smarter' strategy?

    February 27, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  11. Simmy

    Jon in CA = Miserable, Unhappy, Loser.............

    God bless you President Obama...the makings of a great leader!

    February 27, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  12. bill

    i am an army vet–1963 to 65 and I say this war is an illegal war that was caused by lies-SO GET OUT. these countries have been at war with each other until this happened–Iraq and Iran are enemies, but we have helped them come together which in texas is called STUPID.

    February 27, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. Had It

    They ARE BOTH still W's wars. He had to get Saddam for trying to kill his daddy instead of getting Bin Laden for plotting to bring the US Down.

    They ARE BOTH still W's wars – we have to pay for W's mistakes.

    February 27, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  14. JIndal Paling & Steele oh my!

    Some may call him a lying looser, but I call him Mr. President. He has taken a look at the Iraqi situation and changed a bit but he is still working to bring them home. Exit Question: If you are beat by a lying looser what does that say for your grasp on power? Sounds like you voted agains Obama, looks like your vote did not count.

    February 27, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  15. Vietnam Vet

    Here we go again. All of you goofballs talking about winning and loosing. Get this through you thick heads!!! YOU CANNOT CLAIM VICTORY IN AN INSURGENT WAR!!! Why? Because you're fighting the people who live there. This is the same crap we went through in Nam. You people just don't get it!! We were victorious in WWII because we had an identifiable enemy whom we defeated. They surrendered to us, and went home. NO ONE IS EVER GOING TO SURRENDER TO US IN IRAQ OR AFGANISTAN. That's why we should never allow our government to get us involved in this kind of folly. By the way, those of you who are so gung-ho to get Osama bin Laden, there are recruiting offices in every town. Sign Up!! Put some skin in the game or
    shut up.

    February 27, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  16. Matt

    The Iraq War was a sham. It's results: A destabilized Middle East. Unfortunately I feel like when we leave a power vacuum will open that will be filled with competing political and economic interests to dictate the country's future. We simply CANNOT afford to continue trying to stabilize the country though. If Georgie, JR. had been a smart kid he would have realized the lesson his father's tenure taught, that Iraq can be dominated by the American military quickly, but that the ramifications of a full-scale invasion and occupation were too costly. BUSH'S TENURE has PERMANENTLY scarred the American Economy and Middle Eastern politics.

    February 27, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  17. Elmer

    For those of us like me who are not experts at military ops, and really should have no opinion of when the troops can safely be reduced so the ones who remain are safe, I look forward to most of the troops coming home. Pelosi, on the other hand is such an expert and this morning on network TV said that 20,000 was the right number. Her talents continue to dazzle me! What a moron!

    February 27, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
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