Obama to make statement on Iraq
October 21st, 2011
12:25 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama to make statement on Iraq

(CNN) – President Barack Obama will make a statement at 12:45 p.m. ET on Friday about the U.S. involvement in Iraq after a videoconference that he held with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, a White House official said.

The scheduled departure of virtually all U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of the year will allow the United States to "say definitively that the Iraq war is over," a White House official said Friday.

Virtually all U.S. troops will be out of Iraq by the end of the year as the current Status of Forces Agreement with Iraq dictates, a U.S. official told CNN Friday.

A small number of U.S. troops will be attached to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

This month, the United States and Iraq had been unable to come to agreement on key issue regarding legal immunity for U.S. troops who would remain in Iraq after the end of the year, effectively ending discussion of maintaining a significant American force presence beyond 2011.

About 39.000 U.S. troops are in Iraq, and the U.S. wanted to keep from 3,000 to 5,000 troops in Iraq past 2011.


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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Vigla

    Let's all hope we will be out of there soon. Combat troops are gone. Now let's get the trainers and advisors out too. 10 years of wasted treasury and lives...

    October 21, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  2. Irene

    It is time to leave Iraq....LONG overdue.....the Iraq War NEVER should have been allowed to happen in the first place!

    October 21, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. diridi

    Get out of Iraq. We are better off. Your foreign policies are Excellent. hats off on Libya....

    October 21, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  4. Phil from Licking County

    Thank you president Obama! Please continue working on getting the troops out of Afghanistan.

    October 21, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  5. TEAliban/TEAhadists

    Thank you Mr. President for ending this God forsaken war in Iraq that we were LIED into. Thank you for showing the neocons how American foreign policy is supposed to work. All I can say is $806 billion dolars & 4500 + American lives compared to $1.1 billion & 0 American lives lost.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012
    E. WARREN 2012

    October 21, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  6. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Let's just hope all our sacrifice in lives and treasure doesn't go down the drain. Hopefully the Iraqi people will realize what a great opportunity they have, but somehow I doubt it. You know the old saying... You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink.

    October 21, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  7. creole

    That's MY President one of the best the US ever had.

    October 21, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. NYC REPUB

    Obama 2012!!!

    October 21, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    Enter GOPer/Teatrolls, stage right, blathering about Obama deserving no credit whatsoever for ending at least one of the GOP's defense contractor payoff farces in 3...2...1...

    October 21, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  10. NVa Native

    One more item checked off of Obama's extensive list of "All the Bush/Cheney/GOP screw-ups that I have fix” while being slandered, harassed, maligned, lied to, deceived by those same ungrateful people.
    But the all rest of the Americans are grateful to have Obama as President now and for his second term. Nobody is perfect, but think about how bad it would be if McCain/Palin had been elected to continue the GOP/neo-con policies that almost destroyed our country.
    Or if the next GOP candidate was elected to resume the de-evolution & destruction of America while expanding the reach of corporate greed.

    October 21, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  11. Lizzie

    NVaNative, yet all of you stand in line to get the new I-Phone, newest game console and the most expensive sneakers and you talk about corp. greed, so don't buy any of the corporate THINGS. As for being lied to, just look at the current administration they have a monopoly on lies.

    October 21, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  12. Dan

    @Lizzie......many of these posters here had to leave 'Occupy Wall Street' and stand in line for that i-Phone S4. LOL

    October 21, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  13. Independent Voters

    Thank You president Obama you promise america to leave iraq in 2011 and also you did good job for the Libya and also and Osama.

    You the best president america ever had

    October 21, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. w l jones

    We need to keep some troop there to safe guard equipment and give the iraqi an work for several years. Enough said.

    October 21, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  15. BB

    No more wars mr President Barack!! You were anointed to spread peace but don't hesitate to apply the stick and the carrot theory! Yahweh loves!

    October 21, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  16. Stupidity2darnhigh

    OBAMA. BIDEN. FOUR. MORE. YEARS.

    October 21, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    There was a reporter on CNN last night that stated how warmly Americans are being received around the world these days. He was quite surprised to say that while he was in Lybia he was not allowed to pay for coffee, meals and such as soon as people realized that he was American.

    The world is embracing us once again Mr. President and it is all due to you. One of your FIRST action plans was to METHODICALLY and SINCERELY restore our luster, and our honor within the international community. No more shoes being thrown at us. No more being told to deny our citizenship when travelling abroad and claiming to be Canadians instead. NO MORE. All thanks to you.

    Obama 2012 for the ENTIRE USA and THE WORLD.

    October 21, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |