February 27th, 2009
12:12 PM ET
13 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 They would be withdrawn gradually until all U.S. forces are out of Iraq by December 31, 2011 - the deadline set under an agreement the Bush administration signed with the Iraqi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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soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. pete

    How does it feel to be used as a tool by the One?

    February 27, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  2. Jon in CA

    What happened to withdrawing ALL the troops??

    50,000 are a LOT of military personnel and when you factor the additional 50,000 headed to Afghanistan... Obama is not actually bringing ANY troops home!

    Where are the anti-war protestors??

    Where are the shrill calls for Obama to send his daughters to Iraq??

    February 27, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  3. pete

    By the way, when will he get the courage to go and meet with our men and women in Iraq?

    February 27, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. Really

    Lets see, Bush signed the agreement last year that they would be removed by that date. Good job Obama for going out on a limb.

    February 27, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  5. Typical White Person

    Here come the kool aide drinkers praising the messiah's judgement.

    Now what was Bush's plan? Oh, yeah. It was to draw down responsibly and get all the troops out by 12/31/2011...same thing, different POTUS.

    February 27, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  6. Kurt C.

    The world's best salesmen of socialism looks to be surrendering in Iraq. That will strike terror into the hearts of people sworn to destroy us. Thanks, Obama.

    February 27, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  7. Cristina Semi

    I appreciate the amount of notice we as a nation have received so far about foreign and domestic relations in this new presidency. We didn't see much of that with the Bush Administration. Thank you, Mr. President Obama, and God Bless You.

    February 27, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  8. no corporate politics

    article: "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."

    For those of you without an ivy league education and no politician-speak ability:

    "I am pulling / leaving troops which will change from combat to err, combat".

    February 27, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    And he just HAD to fly down there on AF1 to show off his new ride! Boy, that one sure likes to spend taxpayers' money.

    February 27, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  10. Telly Amherst

    How's it feel, Obomber, when 1/2 the country hates you no matter what you do...?

    February 27, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  11. Paris

    President Obama,

    The policy that you campaigned against and condemned made today possible for you.
    The surge that you couldn’t bring yourself to call a Success made today possible for you.
    The nation that your attorney general called “The nation of Cowards” stood behind the surge and our troops where your Democrat bodies were going to fail the Iraqi people and our troops.

    It is time for you to be a Commander and Chief and stop campaigning.

    February 27, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  12. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    The big question is will it end if the unrest and fighting starts back up again when Iran and other terrorist nations start raising hell after our combat troops are gone? Our will we leave like Viet Nam where 850,000 Vietnamies and 2 million Cambodians were re-educted to their deaths? Once we start we need to complete the destruction of our enemies and the strengthening of our friends before we abandon them.

    February 27, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  13. Philip

    As a Vietnam Vet I can only say Good Luck Mr. President.
    Ending something that should have never started is not easy.
    It's like putting Humpty Dumpty back togeather again. Whats makes it most shameful is that we may have now completely missed the the opportunity to exact revenge upon those who really attacked us on
    9/11. History will not be kind to those who got us into this mess.

    February 27, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  14. Larry

    Obama, the Commander and Chief does not support his own troops:
    -----------THE STIMULUS BUDGET---------–
    Nearly all items for Veterans Affairs were reduced and the $2 billion the Senate wanted for VA construction was wiped out altogether. The VA did get one thing: $1 billion for medical facilities renovation and retooling.

    # Military construction: Cut and put into a general pot, a change from targeted money for each branch of the services. Army construction alone went from $600 million in the Senate and $900 million in the House to $180 million in the final bill. But negotiators compromised over a general military construction fund - the House wanted $3.75 billion while the Senate allocated $118 million and settled on $1.45 billion for all services.

    February 27, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  15. Deborah

    Incredible speech. I am so behind you, Mr. President! And the conference going on in Philly for green jobs....this administration is simply amazing! Keep moving, don't let the naysayers slow you down. Our great country will flourish under your leadership and vision.

    February 27, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  16. worriedmom

    Your "Chosen One" has duped you! Bush was already going to withdraw by December 2010. but your Peace Loving Chosen One is now going to send our wonderful Women and Men into harm's way again! And you idiots that keep preaching about all the money we will save by getting out of Iraq, what do you think we will be spending in Afghanastan???

    February 27, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  17. Felix, CO

    I like a man of his word. I like this man and I think he's doing an excellent job. The Limbaughs, Hannities, Roves, Cheneys, and Bushes, and the like can take a long walk off a short pier.

    Finally, the country is back on the right track.

    February 27, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  18. demwit

    Ohhhhhhh....., all U.S. forces out of Iraq by December 31, 2011.

    February 27, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  19. withdraw IRAQ troops...?

    Obama will withdraw the IRAQ troops and leave the US troops
    there.....everything is crystal clear like the heading.......

    February 27, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  20. J.P.

    Wow, right in time for the midterm elections... gee, any political motivation here? I guess its more advantageous to end combat ops right before an election, rather than a full three months earlier. Hells bells, five or six months in politics is a couple lifetimes.

    February 27, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  21. J.P.

    How many Marines there were showing the POW hand gesture for coercion? I'll bet a whole hell of a lot of them.

    As we used to say, "To the rank." In this case, "To the office."

    February 27, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  22. Kim

    Good news, Mr. President. Thank you.

    February 27, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  23. charlie in maine

    Better late than never. I think that if we stopped flushing 12 million dollars an hour down that hole that might stimulate the economy as well, Mostly it is a releif to be doing somethig right for a change.

    February 27, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  24. Obama Victim

    has any other leader, or general, ever told the enemy what they are going to do, and when they are going to do it??.....perhaps Ike should have told the Germans when we are hitting Normandy.......and we all know the Japanese told us about Pearl.............telling the enemy your own strategy...................amazing...........this may be the singlest dumbest man I have ever seen,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,makes W look brilliant

    February 27, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  25. Dieter Zerressen, Denver, CO

    This war should have never been started, it should never have been funded by the Dems and it should end sooner than next year. This fiasco is breaking the bank. Remember, Bin Laden wanted to attack the financial center of this country to do damage. He failed until Bush spent us into oblivion pursuing who-knows-what in Iraq. Bush and Cheney fell right into Bin Laden's plan: hurt America and help recruit killer's into his cause.

    February 27, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
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