June 30th, 2009
03:11 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama: Iraqi celebrations a testament to U.S. commitment

President Obama touched on the changed situation in Iraq during a White House event Tuesday.
President Obama touched on the changed situation in Iraq during a White House event Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Tuesday that street celebrations in Iraq for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from cities and towns were a testament to the sacrifices of U.S. troops in the country.

In brief remarks at a White House event on technological innovation, Obama said the drawback meant that Iraq's future was now in the hands of its leaders and people.

"The Iraqis are rightly treating this day as a cause for celebration," Obama said, calling the "important milestone" the result of the good work by U.S. forces who first entered Iraq in 2003 and toppled the regime of former leader Saddam Hussein.

Obama warned of tough times ahead in Iraq, noting a bombing earlier Tuesday in Kirkuk that killed at least 30 people. He said the United States would continue to support Iraq as it works to become "a "sovereign, stable, and self-reliant" country.

The U.S. withdrawal was part of an agreement signed last year between former President George W. Bush's administration and the Iraq leadership. The agreement calls for all U.S. forces to leave Iraq by the end of 2011.

The remaining 130,000 U.S. troops in Iraq are now tasked with supporting Iraqi troops and police, and will require Iraqi permission to launch operations in the cities.

Listen: New CNN poll numbers about the U.S. troop withdrawal in Iraq


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  1. MikeinVA

    What is happening in Iraq today is no way connected to Obama.
    He was anti-Iraqi War from the git go, against the surge, against democracy there period. We better hope to hell Iraq can stand on their own after this because Obama won't lift a finger to help these people should that need it.

    June 30, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  2. Leah

    Mr. Obama against Iraq war from the beginning and he was right all along. GOP whinniers, please take note: Saddam may be a bad guy but at least, there weren't much of suicided bombing on a daily basis as of now so a BIG THANKS to GW for his WMD Fakes.

    Over 4,000 US solders died, over 100,000 Iraqi innocent life has been loss.
    So Go on GOP whiners Kudo to Bush! for those 4,000+ US solders who is no longer to be with his/her family today.

    June 30, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  3. MikeinVA

    What is happening in Iraq today is no way connected to Obama.
    He was anti-Iraqi War from the git go, against the surge, against democracy there period. We better hope to hell Iraq can stand on their own after this because Obama won't lift a finger to help these people should they need it.

    June 30, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. TCM

    @ DUTCH -

    Don't worry, you'll have your chance to criticize Obama's military prowess real soon; or the lack thereof.....Saddam was a WMD...and needed to go...he's a sally-boy, and the world bad guys know it...

    June 30, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  5. Randolph Carter

    Funny how the battle between Iraqi Shiite and Sunni factions ended just before the surge began. Hmm... Do you think that might have something to do with the reduction in violence attributed to the surge? Have a nice day!

    June 30, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. Sharon Kitchen

    the Iraq citizens now have their destiny in their control.
    Our troops can come home.......or at least most.......then they will be sent to other areas.....
    They all need rest.

    June 30, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. TCM

    @Proud Member..Party of No -

    They wouldn't suffer...Obama would've helped them out...he'd have taught Saddam about how to rob from the rich....tax them, slight the hard workers of the country...voter fraud....bloated healthcare plans...bogus climate bills....overstuffed porkulus bills....all the great leadership things! Obama would've slowly taxes them to death...

    June 30, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  8. TCM

    @ James M. Holmes -

    And just what exactly has Obama cleaned up? Maybe some crumbs off the kitchen counter? No, my blissful Obamkin, Obama's done nothing advantageous for our country...ZERO....you'll see..

    June 30, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
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