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


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  1. no corporate politics

    @ "t" "He keeping his word "

    I am happy some troops are finally coming home from this ridculous war. At the same time Obama needs to take responsibility for the fact that he made a wild promise that he could not keep. 19 months is not 16 and 50,000 is not zero. He's a smart ivy league lawyer – he knew better.

    And I haven't seen the troops yet. Maybe it will be more than 19 months. The remaining 50,000 to pay back the Big Oil lobby-like donors is very troubling.

    February 27, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  2. thomas

    Thanks, Chief. Now let's end all wars for all time.

    February 27, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  3. Jon in CA

    Obama talks – the markets tank. We're hovering just above 7000 and about to break through floor into 6000 territory.

    By the time this socialist, Obama, is done – he'll have the market at the levels during FDR's Presidency.

    February 27, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  4. Mike in Philly

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

    So? They already know that the Bush Administration signed the treaty to be completely out by Dec 31, 2011. This is the date of removal of combat toops (not support troops, like supply, transport, etc).

    February 27, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  5. NY republican

    A quote from another article today – just some perspective
    "The remaining troops would be gradually withdrawn until all U.S. forces are out of Iraq by December 31, 2011 - the deadline set under an agreement the Bush administration signed with the Iraqi government last year." there had to be some sort of plan put in pplace because of this agreement, not just because of campaign promises. It's easy to promise and deliver on something someone else negociated.

    February 27, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  6. walleye

    TO: DavidinCA February 27th, 2009 10:45 am ET

    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.

    Yeah Right. Mission Accomplished. Give me a break. $10 Bill a month that could have been helping us here at home, 4,000+ dead americans and how many more Iraqis? It would be appropriate for Bush to be put in prison for starting a war based on LIES. Where are those WMD??

    February 27, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  7. Obama - Nothing Great So Far

    End the combat in Iraq and send more troops in Afghanistan. No matter what is war is not going to be over soon. Obama still has to learn a lot. W must be laughing at decisions made by Obama. We will see a new president after four years.

    February 27, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  8. Rick

    pull them out of afgabistan also and close our borders and ship all illegals and non-citizens back to their own contries...love it or leave it

    February 27, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  9. Joe

    What's going to happen to the vets who return home and have no full time paying job? The reserve and guard personnel who have lost jobs while deployed ? Wow this is really going to impact the economy in a negative way putting a strain out.

    February 27, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  10. Victory Gin

    Jeez, it seems like all the idiot comments on here from smog headed Californians...
    You people have no idea the information this man is getting that may or may not require him to adjust the time table that brings our troops home. Yes, they should be back now and should never have been sent to begin with, but this is quite a mess that he has to sort out and as long as he brings them home as soon as responsibly possible, then I say job well done.
    And to those who WILL NOT LET THE MAN DO HIS JOB... It took the last administration 8 years to cause the damage our country now has to deal with. Why all the nay saying in his first TWO MONTHS.
    Congress had better get their ACTS (Dem/Rep) together and look at the WHOLE picture. Why are we paying these NIMRODS to have no clue how to fix the mess THEY created? The president can't fix it all by himself. I don't see congress offering any feasible/reasonable alternatives.
    Why didn't you people listen to Ron Paul? A Republican I TRULY respect. (mus be his Libertarian roots)

    February 27, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  11. George the Democrat Obama fanatic.

    How pissed will the parent of the child who dies on August 30, 2010 be? We need to get out of the war but dont publically announce the date. Just hold a suprise press conference one day and say "He folks we are out of Iraq"

    February 27, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  12. MZ

    If Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are AGAINST it, then it must be a GREAT plan !!!!

    February 27, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  13. Brianne

    FINALLY!!! The troops deserve to come home and have served well over enough time. What got accomplished in Iraq, because I surely don't know? These troops consist of real people and I'm so glad they get to come home. No more lives need to be lost. Thank you Obama for keeping your word!

    February 27, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  14. Laverne

    As far as I am concerned, with only a 3 month difference than what she said on the campaign trail, President Obama has kept his word with ending this war. Thank you Mr. President!

    February 27, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  15. still hoping

    who's the idiot who said promise fulfulled?? Oh, that would be @Kevin St Pete, FL

    Casue as we all know, this is another broken campaign promise. Obama is showing he is an inexperienced idiot and finding making promises is a lot harder than fulfilling promises.

    And please don't come back with "...and GWB did this.." You sound like a 5 year old.

    February 27, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  16. Gma in SC

    Obama promised 16 months on the campaign trail..... NOW its 19 mo!
    He keeps fudging on his word. Can we trust or believe anything he says???

    Next catastrophe will be the HEALTH INSURANCE INDUSTRY. People w/o jobs can't afford it. Health Ins. Agencies will close up shop.

    Then it'll be a Job market catastrophe... Obama wants everyone to have a college education and says HE will pay for it. (Probably because his wife got a free ride for hers!) If we are a nation of PhD's, the competition will be fierce, as there won't be enough jobs. PhD's will be picking up garbage for a paycheck.

    Obama hasn't really thought these things out.

    February 27, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  17. still hoping

    I forgot, Bush was right...AGAIN! and obama was wrong...AGAIN!!!

    February 27, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  18. Karla

    I am so fed up with Republican's and their "ideas" or lack thereof. As a Democrat, I have kept my mouth shut for 28 years (most of my life) as our leaders mostly Republican throughout, have chosen to place me in social slavery. Since they prefer "capitalism", which causes higher crime and higher prices while they pay less in taxes and control my destiny; let me say sit down and shut up. Your way didn't work! Obviously, with the way the economy is sinking. You cannot blame Obama, he inherited this mess 5 wks ago, your 'good ole boys' caused our demise over a 28 year power trip. NAFTA introduced by Bill Clinton, approved by a Republican Congress. Who lost in that one? Just the American Worker. Rush Limbaugh is a loud mouth that has a drug problem, that is who you choose to solve our problems. I say we slice the USA in half, so the Democrats can live in peace in the North and the Republicans can go to hell.

    February 27, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  19. John

    8 years and 900 billion to late. Thanks Bush!

    February 27, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  20. Bill in California

    CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN....Defund the military, fold up our tents and run home with our tails between our legs, stop those irrascible interrogations of terrorists and talk them to death. The great legacy of a community organizer playing grown up!

    February 27, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  21. Pete in FL

    "Let me say this as plainly as I can: by August 31, 2010, our combat mission in Iraq will end."

    Translation: I don't know when I will call the troops home, it just depends on when the right timing comes along. I'm just saying this to make the hippies happy.

    February 27, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  22. Mike in Houston

    Thank goodness Obama was not president in WWII. He would have announced the D-Day invasion in a radio address.

    February 27, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  23. element

    Go Obama Go I'm sure the troops and their famly's will be glad for the pay raise.

    February 27, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  24. Cheikh Cherif

    Good news for the anti-war people, however; i don't think that leaving more than forty thousands troops in Iraq and increasing troops in Afghanistan will help reduce the cost of the Two wars at once. Let's hope this Smart president of ours Succeed i really hope he does.
    God Bless the united States Of America.

    February 27, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  25. Axl in Iowa

    I reckon Obama just might need em' more here at home anyway.

    February 27, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
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