August 30th, 2010
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Biden travels to Iraq to mark end of U.S. combat mission

 Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Iraq on Monday.
Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Iraq on Monday.

(Updated at 12:15 p.m. with additional information)

Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Iraq on Monday to participate in a ceremony marking the end of the U.S. combat mission there, according to the White House.

He was greeted in Baghdad by U.S. Ambassador Jim Jeffrey, outgoing U.S. commander Gen. Ray Odierno and Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari.

While in the country, Biden will meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, President Jalal Talabani, Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi, Vice President Adil Abd al-Mahdi and other political leaders "to discuss the latest developments in Iraq and to urge Iraqi leaders to conclude negotiations on the formation of a new government," the White House said in a written statement.

The United States' official combat mission in Iraq is scheduled to conclude on Tuesday. Roughly 50,000 troops, however, will remain in the country until the end of 2011. Their mission will be to will train, assist and advise the Iraqis.

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  1. Uncle Snerdly

    Joe,go and see if you can find that 9 billion Bush lost there in the first week of the war,we could sure use it now.

    August 30, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Have a safe trip Mr. VP.

    August 30, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  3. Peter M

    Good for the VP. Obama and Dems are keeping their promises and keeping America safe too! Moreover, the sky has not fallen out now that Obama has rejected the scare tactics of coded threats and Bin Laden tapes. Now that we have ignored them, where are they?

    Repugs were manufacturing the tapes and using them for political gain...

    August 30, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  4. Willy Brown

    Baghdad Bob is back!

    August 30, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  5. Jim in Bisbee

    I always find it amusing that any visit by an high-level official to Iraq or Afghanistan is described as being "a surprise visit" or "unannounced". Our personal security specialists aren't stupid: they are loathe to announce where their clients are going.

    The Bush administration seemed to think all of their visits to Iraq should be viewed as "surprise" visits intended to thrill the soldiers much as surprise birthday parties are meant to thrill one's beloved.

    Tell me when they announce even 24 hours before they show up – then I'll be surprised.

    August 30, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  6. Hogwash from the great 57th state of obama's mind

    Thank goodness he followed Bush's plan of a surge in troops contrary to his own promises during the campaign.

    Only smart thing he's done since taking office and it was Bush's idea.

    How ironic.

    August 30, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  7. ThinkAgain

    Safe journeys, VP Biden! Thanks again for your service to our country. Please keep up the hard work!

    August 30, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  8. WILLARD BULLOCK

    I am belived that presdient obama are not great his presdient cause he have too much problems with polls so he is very weak

    August 30, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  9. Livin the good life

    NOW does this mean "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED"? Is Bush going with him or was it just premature of Bush to rally people behind him some years back? I think the TRUTH is in the latter...Beau Colby
    (It ALWAYS [the truth] comes out sooner or later.)

    August 30, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  10. WILLARD BULLOCK

    Amercian untied states want get out of presdient obama so he have too much trouble with weak of his presdient

    August 30, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  11. Eric

    "Biden travels to Iraq to mark end of U.S. combat mission"

    ...oh, you mean on the surge that he didn't support, and in fact, said would be a failure.

    August 30, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  12. WILLARD BULLOCK

    Amercian untied states want get out of presdient obama so he have too much trouble with weak of his presdient obama have keep dangerous with his musilims

    August 30, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  13. Keith in Austin

    Keep Uncle Joe quarantined where he can't hurt himself or issue another one of his, "BFD" gaffs! This guy is a complete idiot and posterboy for Liberal ineptitude!

    August 30, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  14. TangledThorns

    Don't forget to thank President GW Bush for succeeding with the surge.

    August 30, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  15. Fair is Fair

    Hey Biden...

    Try to remember – "Babylon" is the ancient name of Iraq. "Babble On" is what you're astute on doing.

    You're welcome... buffoon.

    August 30, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  16. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    This phony, slimy, hair plugged, gaffer has got to be somewhere. Is he trying to convince the Iraqis of our troops that this is the "summer of prosperity" since he has been proven to be almost as much of a lying scumbag as his corrupt, inept union toady president is in this country.

    August 30, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    A repeat of Vietnam all over again. We were down to leaving just the support people (troops) and the vietcong stepped up their attacks and we ran out on them. Are we doomed to repeat history over and over and over?

    August 30, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  18. chatmandu002

    Claiming a great victory for President Obama and the democrats. Same old crap from these slime balls.

    August 30, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  19. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    God speed Mr. Vice President!

    August 30, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  20. jim

    This is the same guy who wanted to split Iraq into 3 seperate parts.Now, they are telling us this same person is needed to help them form a government.Joe needs to spend more time working on spending whats left of stimulus money that is laced with waste than meddling in Iraq's affairs.

    August 30, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  21. STEVE RAYMOND

    keep him no loss here.......

    let everyone know he is on the way ahead of schedule...this is great for all the security issues they may face

    August 30, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  22. JohnP

    Please stay there, it would be a big help.

    August 30, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  23. Four and The Door

    Is this another snub on Hillary Clinton? It just seems that GWB would have either gone himself or sent Secretary of State Rice.

    I thought Joe's job was to look out for the average working American. No wonder the average working American is getting so screwed. Joe is busy moonlighting as the Secretary of State. Look, Hillary is fully capable of...well, now that I think about it I see why Joe is going.

    August 30, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  24. Ardie

    It's time to bring everyone home. It's time to stop taking on everyone else's problems and focus on our own. Please, we need to take care of our own country. Have a safe strip Mr. Vice-President.

    August 30, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  25. Shawn-GA

    I love how Biden and Obama are all over taking credit for something they opposed and for holding a time table that was set before they were in office.. how pathetic!

    August 30, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
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