February 27th, 2009
09:54 AM ET
9 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
soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. Kevin in Ohio

    If I was a terrorist, I'd now be making some very glorious plans for September 1, 2010. Thank you, Obama. You are doing just what Jihad wants.

    February 27, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Thank you Mr. Prseident. It's about time this war ended. The Iraqis can govern themselves. If they want to destroy their country, so be it. But we need to get out of there.

    February 27, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  3. Al Qaeda

    Got it. Begin operations on September 1, 2010. Thanks.

    February 27, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  4. Paul Hackett

    Obama caves into cry babies!! That should be the headline!!

    February 27, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  5. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    August 2009 would make more sense.

    February 27, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  6. t

    He keeping his word and that;s a good thing

    February 27, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  7. melvin

    I hope pans out better than the Nancy and Harry promise of the same tone two years ago during the midterm elections.

    February 27, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  8. Rob from Pa

    Just not how I promised everyone in my campaign.

    February 27, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  9. Who cares about campaign promises anyway...

    So, Obama is going to leave 50,000 troops in Iraq-–who cares-it was only a stupid campaign promise to withdraw that he knew all you suckers out there would fall for.

    February 27, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  10. TRUTH

    President Obama VOWED during campaign to get troops out earlier than what he is saying now , please don't fill the American people with untruths like the last administration did.

    February 27, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  11. david

    Combat mission will end? What about non-combat troops staying there for maybe up to 100 years? How much money will it cost to sustain troops there and fund "reconstruction"programs at US tax payer expence? How about additional costs for additional troops and projects in Afghanistan? I voted to boot the Republicans out in 2008 but what a bunch of losers we have screwing thing up in their stead.

    February 27, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  12. Sniffit

    and here comes the GOPer soul train, choo-choing about broken promises in an attempt to stir up resentment...

    February 27, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  13. Pete


    Imagine how much money we'll save when we're not pouring it into the sand.

    February 27, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  14. Reality Check

    Leave 50,000 troops.... so more empty campaign promises to the kool-aid drinkers.. Are you going to wake up yet????

    February 27, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  15. Obama Victim

    I know he is The Messiah.....but how can he know what the situation on the ground be on that date??.................what a foolish thing to say

    February 27, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  16. Burton Kemp

    I guess that man just have to have his time of TV every day? Not just a rock star, but a TV star, too?

    February 27, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  17. Wake-me-when-it's-over

    My President, George Bush has already worked out the diplomatic nuances and foundation for a pull out of Troops from Iraq. Just go back and play the tapes where the United States has been in a phase-down mode since negotiations between Iraq and the U.S.
    Obama should not draw a date/line in the sand. He is putting himself upon a pedestal, and putting our troops in harms way, by being unwilling to even consider what circumstances on the ground might require. I am trying to sleep through this Presidency... so please wake me when its all over.

    February 27, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  18. JJ in NY

    So I guess W was right all along..............

    February 27, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  19. Ross Pugentry

    I would say this is yet another over-zealous announcement that will not hold up until it happens!

    February 27, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  20. america first


    February 27, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  21. Erika, KS

    Oh great. The terrorists will be happy to know this date. How asinine.

    February 27, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  22. thank you Obama

    bring the boys home, let the Iraq people sort this out, it may not end up a 'shining beacon on a hill' but it will be theirs, and our boys will be out of a civil war

    February 27, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  23. DavidinCA

    It would be appropriate for George Bush to be a part of that announcement since it was under his strong leadership that the US military succeeded in their job to make this possible.

    February 27, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  24. Obambi

    From a winnable war in Iraq to a war that is unwinnable in Afghanistan....I am very surprised that the ant-war left is so silent about Obama's war.

    February 27, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  25. demwit

    What is a combat troop? Some one with a gun?? Mean looking military dude??? Marines????

    February 27, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
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