February 27th, 2009
12:12 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama: U.S. to withdraw most Iraq troops by August 2010

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/02/27/obama.troops/art.obama.troops.cnn.jpg caption="President Obama talks about his Iraq War withdrawal plan at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, on Friday."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama said Friday he plans to withdraw most U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of August 2010.

Watch: 'Our mission in Iraq will end,' the President says

Between 35,000 to 50,000 troops will remain in Iraq, he said. They would be withdrawn gradually until all U.S. forces are out of Iraq by December 31, 2011 - the deadline set under an agreement the Bush administration signed with the Iraqi government last year.

"Let me say this as plainly as I can: By August 31, 2010, our combat mission in Iraq will end," Obama said in a speech at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

"By any measure, this has already been a long war," Obama said. It is time to "bring our troops home with the honor they have earned."

Obama's trip to Camp Lejeune, a Marine Corps base, was his first trip to a military base since being sworn in.

Administration officials, who briefed reporters on the plan, said the remaining troops would take on advisory roles in training and equipping Iraqi forces, supporting civilian operations in Iraq and conducting targeted counterterrorism missions, which would include some combat.

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  1. Les

    I have the gut feeling Obama is doing everything in his power to destroy USA, when he leave office in 2012, none of us will recognize America anymore. Everyone would be asking; "What happen to my country?" while looking at their young children and grandchildren who'll inherit their folly.

    It's a shame when people put their political affiliation ahead of the welfare of their country. The future generation will be paying for all the malfeasance committed by the present. I'm glad I won't be here to see it, I'd be six feet under.

    Time table to withdraw from Iraq was already signed by President Bush and Maliki last year. For Obama trying to rehash something already signed, sealed and delivered is nothing but photo-ops.

    February 27, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  2. Obama 2.0

    Git-em Boss-Man!

    February 27, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  3. Francois Marien

    Question: the war in Iraq has made more or less 4 million refugees (4 000 000) to this day. Where does that problem stand in the prersident<s withdrawl plan ?

    February 27, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  4. Francois Marien

    Another question: I read in a site (paxamericana.cc) that 90% of the more or less 4 mil. refugees the war has made to this day are Sunni Arabs. Can one of your confirm or deny the info? Many thanks

    February 27, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  5. steve

    "Troops home in sixteen months". What will we be calling the tens of thousands still there after his campaign timeline?

    February 27, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  6. Sha

    I think this is long overdue..we're losing too many lives.

    February 27, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  7. Rick Sutter

    It's starting to look like a continuation of the Bush plan. I don't really see anything new here.

    February 27, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  8. Brian Crooks

    @ pete:

    What are you talking about? Anybody that thought President Obama was going to take out all the troops in a week and not give any credence to what the commanders said is delusional. He said over and over that we should be as careful getting out as we were careless getting in. How did he use us like a tool? Furthermore, he was in Iraq this summer. Right now, the economic problems we face are much more pressing a problem for the country than the situation in Iraq. It doesn't matter how many times he goes to visit them there if there's no jobs for them when they get back home.

    February 27, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  9. Beverly, NYC

    Pete, angry much, were you this angry when Bush invaded Iraq with American soldiers for no reason. And for your information President Obama did meet the troops in Iraq last summer, sorry you missed it.

    February 27, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  10. Houston

    Another lie from Obama.

    February 27, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. cnnnewser

    Bring our troops home!!!
    And, send Bush and Cheney and the rest of their lying cronies to Iraq until the war ends.

    February 27, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  12. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    Good job Mr. President "bring them home with the honor they have earned."

    February 27, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  13. P. Y.

    Hey Pete,

    Didn't you know what else to say that is negative? Obama was in Iraq this past summer. Read Brian Crooks note below. He is a man who does his homework. Do you even know how to read ? BTW, no one feels used except the idiots who just want to keep things stirred up.

    February 27, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  14. Chris

    @ Pete:

    When are you going to get the courage to enlist and go fight a war you support?

    February 27, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  15. Glen,

    Really same question just the second time around – Would this be the largest US retreat since Vietnam?

    February 27, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
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