August 18th, 2010
08:18 PM ET
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Last U.S. combat convoy has left Iraq

  The last U.S. brigade combat team has left Iraq.

The last U.S. brigade combat team has left Iraq.

Mosul Iraq (CNN) - The last U.S. brigade combat team has left Iraq, leaving 56,000 U.S. troops in the country, according to the U.S. military.

The 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division's departure across the border into Kuwait comes more than seven years after U.S. combat forces entered in Iraq, though it does not signify the departure of all U.S. combat forces in the country.

Another 6,000 U.S. troops must leave Iraq to meet President Barack Obama's September 1 deadline for the end of U.S. combat operations in the country and the beginning of Operation New Dawn.

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  1. southern cousin

    Thank God for the courage and clear headed think of President Bush and his administration which made this day possible over the degrading and derisive comments of the current corrupt, inept, union toady president that we currently have and his faithful hair plugged vice president. Harry Reid should also waterboard himself for the insane comments he made about the surge. DeLay has been cleared, Gonzales has been cleared and all of the stupid things liberals said have been proven to be nothing but lies...and they continue.

    August 18, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  2. Four and The Door

    Testament to an excellent job by our world's finest military. Some said it wasn't going to happen, that this one was "unwinnable". Now maybe they can have some faith in the capabilities of our military and in strong leadership when it counts.

    Next let's finish the job in Afghanistan and bring them home also because they have successfully completed the job they were sent to do.

    Best wishes for the Iraqi people. They have this opportunity for better lives going forward.

    August 18, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  3. Peter s

    Very good enough is enough time to let the Iraqians take care of their country! if they can't who else can?

    August 18, 2010 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    President Barrack Obama fulfills yet another campaign promise.
    You may not have agreed with his agenda, but much of it has been met.
    More to come.

    August 18, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  5. jim

    We need to get all our soldiers home now.Afghanistan is nothing more that a dirt pile made up of corrupt warloards and leaders.This is the country that Obama called "the good war"He's sent 60,000 troops there since he became president and changed it from a NATO mission to one led by the U.S.

    August 18, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  6. Clwyd

    They never should have received a ticket sending them there in the first place, but the "worst president ever" sent them. Bushwhacker!

    August 18, 2010 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  7. 8 Years of having a drunken driver at the wheel put America in the ditch, why would working Americans return the keys to the crowd drinking at the same bar?

    And a hearty "Welcome Home" to all the troops!

    August 18, 2010 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  8. To Our Troops...

    Have a safe trip home!

    August 18, 2010 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  9. PJ States

    Well done, troops, well done!

    August 18, 2010 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    Good – now save the money and also bring our troops out of Afghanistan. They are both bottomless pits we have thrown billions of dollars and thousands of human bodies into.

    August 18, 2010 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  11. Just as You Promised President Obama...

    Job well done! Keeping driving us forward!!!!

    August 18, 2010 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  12. terry,va

    Better leave them in Kuwait Obummie. This is going to blow up in your face with 6 months.

    August 18, 2010 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  13. Dawn Ada, Ohio

    I would like to thank all of our Soldiers for bringing hope to the Iraqi people!! Thank you for your service.

    August 18, 2010 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  14. South Carolina

    Just like our president said.. Keeping his word Obama 2010 and 2012

    August 18, 2010 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  15. Randall in Torrance, CA (Disabled Navy Veteran, Retired) - It is time to put the heels of our Liberal Democratic Boots on the necks of the out-of-control Right-Wing Corporations

    It should be called "OPERATION GIVE THE MIDDLE FINGER TO IRAQ and the REPUBLICANS." So much for your "Mission Accomplished" there 'eh Jargy boy (aka George or Jargy Bahoooooooooosh)? What a waste of blood and treasure. What a mess. What a pathetic part of American history. All this while Jarge Bush Bar B Q'd steaks and drank 6 packs while 4000 troops died because HE ALONE DECIDED TO ATTACK THE WRONG COUNTRY as an excuse to grab some 'o dat Iraqi oil.

    Good luck Iraq. You couldn't get your act together while the U.S. baysat you, now you are either going to fight or flee in the face of imminent danger. Oh well, take it easy.

    August 18, 2010 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  16. George of the jungle

    another election promise kept. Now all you right wing nut so called patriotas can find something to complain about. Do you hold stock in haliburton? Noticed how Fox only commentates on the negitive things. No mention today of the donation to repo party. All about the mosque. Won't have much to say about this unless they can come up with a way to scare the public.

    August 18, 2010 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  17. one voice

    Thank Yoy President Obama. If the Republicans were still in power, We would never leave Iraq. The GOP get a hard on when they think of endless war. CREEPS

    August 18, 2010 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  18. barry

    I hope our President knows what he is doing here. His decision making and thought process as of late hasn't exactly been stellar. If he breaks it he bought it. We blame Bush for a lot and he deserves it but Iraq is one thing he had in control. We all want our troops home and get out of a war we should have never been in to begin with, but man we can't stand to get political heat for this if it Iraq goes south on us. It won't get tagged to the Republicans it will land straight on our shoulders. I think the President needs to consider making some pretty serious changes in his cabinet. For sure the people that are advising him need to go. At least I hope the list of bad political decisions are coming from his advisers and not him. We can't give up everything now. We have to try to stay in tune with the American people and not lose sight of their opinions again because I don't think we will get another chance if we survive this current mess we are in.


    August 18, 2010 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  19. JIlli

    So much was lost in a war that should have never been waged.

    August 18, 2010 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  20. Richard Komi

    This is a clear indication that president Obama is a man of his words. I do remember him saying that he will end the war in Iraq and he is taking steps to end the war. The people of Iraq need to take the destiny of their country into their hands and do what is right by installing a credible government.

    August 18, 2010 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  21. Tracy-Oakley

    Thank Goodness that it is now the beginning of the end of the unnecessary war in Iraq. I'm very proud of our troops & I'm excited that they get to come home to their loved ones.

    August 18, 2010 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  22. Bill

    The Obama administration has my respect. He said he would end all combat operations through a phased redeployment using an exit strategy and now they've done it.

    August 18, 2010 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  23. Gaylon Barrow FOR THE TRUTH!

    A FOLLEY: It won't be five years and we will be right back in there. There is no way that Iraq is ready to control their own country. They will go right back to their old way of life and it will quickly become a stronghold for terriosts. A tremendous loss of life in the meantime will take place on the non-combat troops we leave behind. OBAMA HAS STRUCK AGAIN.

    August 19, 2010 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  24. Career servicemember

    Although too many liberal Americans don't appreciate the efforts of our brave servicemen and women and think freedom is free, I want to extend a heartfelt "job well done to those of you deployed on the forward edge of our nations defense, and thank you for your sacrifice and patriotism." Real Americans know that freedom comes at a cost, and fighting for an oppressed nation as you all did is a noble cause. Come home soon and enjoy your reunion with your families.

    August 19, 2010 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  25. Rob Johnson

    Thank goodness. We were there a lot longer than I would have liked, but better late than never.

    Now if we can end our completely pointless endeavor in Afghanistan, maybe we can give some much-needed focus to our economy.

    August 19, 2010 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
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