(CNN) – Most Americans agree with the decision to end the war in Iraq, according to a CNN/ORC International poll released Wednesday. Almost eight in ten said they support removal of combat troops from that country by the end of this year.
And although 96% are proud of U.S. troops who served in Iraq, just one in three consider the war a victory and more than half call it a stalemate.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama said Saturday the end of the war in Iraq should serve as a reminder of the common bond that unites all Americans.
"There's a reason our military is the most respected institution in America," Obama said in his weekly address. "They don't see themselves or each other as Democrats first or Republicans first. They see themselves as Americans first. For all our differences and disagreements, they remind us that we are all a part of something bigger; that we are one nation and one people."
(CNN) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday welcomed home returning troops from Iraq, hailing their service to help a people they didn't know as an example of what makes America great.
"As your commander in chief, and on behalf of a grateful nation, I'm proud to finally say these two words, and I know your families agree - welcome home. Welcome home," Obama told cheering troops at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.FULL STORY
(CNN) - President Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki were upbeat in discussing the future of Iraq. I hope they are right but like so many U.S. officials and outside experts in both Washington and the region I am deeply worried about the future direction of that embattled country.
Item: The Iraqi government rejected U.S. requests to leave even a modest number of U.S. troops on the ground. That’s because Iran’s allies in the Iraqi government would have none of that.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama met Monday with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki amid the ongoing withdrawal of virtually all U.S. troops from Iraq, a process to be completed by the end of this month.
Speaking to reporters after their Oval Office meeting, Obama said Monday that the end of the Iraq war means a new chapter in U.S.-Iraq relations, with a focus now on a "normal relationship between sovereign nations."FULL STORY
(CNN) - Joanne Gutcher sits on the cold ground at Arlington National Cemetery Saturday. For the first time, she is seeing her son's headstone.
Around her, family and friends hold each other, touch the headstone. Among the visitors is Gena Hernandez, who served with Gutcher's son in Iraq. Hernandez believes she wouldn't have made it back without him. He was an excellent gunner.FULL STORY
Baghdad (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden paid tribute to the sacrifices of U.S. and Iraqi troops Thursday at a ceremony for service members from both nations.
He and Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki addressed about 120 U.S. service members and 100 Iraqi troops gathered at al-Faw Palace, the Baghdad palace which once belonged to toppled dictator Saddam Hussein.FULL STORY
Baghdad (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday the United States is geared up for a "new and comprehensive civilian relationship" with Iraq after American troops are withdrawn by the end of the year.
"We are absolutely committed to be your partner to the extent you want us to be," Biden told Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Maliki. "We stand read to provide assistance.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Baghdad on Tuesday on a previously unannounced trip to Iraq, according to reporters traveling with the vice president.
Biden's visit comes in the midst of an increasingly rapid U.S. military withdrawal from the Middle Eastern country. Virtually all American troops are scheduled to be withdrawn by the end of this year, according to the terms of the most recent U.S.-Iraqi security pact.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – Deep disagreements surfaced on Capitol Hill Tuesday over whether the United States has moved too quickly to withdraw troops from Iraq.
The Obama administration will withdraw all U.S. military personnel by the end of the year, after negotiations with Iraq broke down last month over leaving behind a small force for training and security. Some 30,000 U.S. troops remain in Iraq now, and only a small number of U.S. military will remain behind, attached to the U.S. embassy in Baghdad.FULL STORY