U.S. President Barack Obama welcomes soldiers home from Iraq, end of 9-year U.S.-Iraq war

Reuters reports that U.S. President Barack Obama welcomed home some of the last U.S. troops from Iraq on Wednesday, December 14. Writer Caren Bohan noted: "[This marked] a symbolic end to the nearly nine-year war that strained America’s armed forces and damaged its standing worldwide."

Reuters reports that U.S. President Barack Obama welcomed home some of the last U.S. troops from Iraq on Wednesday, December 14.  Writer Caren Bohan noted: "[This marked] a symbolic end to the nearly nine-year war that strained America’s armed forces and damaged its standing worldwide."

 

According to the report, Obama spoke to soldiers at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  He said, "It is harder to end a war than to begin one. Of course, Iraq is not a perfect place. But we are leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq, with a representative government that was elected by its people. We are ending a war not with a final battle, but with a final march toward home." The report revealed that "about 3,000 soldiers punctuated his speech with cheers and hollers."


Reuters pointed out that "as of this week, there were about 5,500 U.S. troops left in Iraq, down from more than 170,000 at the height of the war that Obama’s predecessor George W. Bush started in the wake of the September 11, 2001, attacks."

 

Bohan wrote, "Despite lingering questions about whether the United States should have invaded the Middle Eastern country, Obama said the last American troops ’will cross the border out of Iraq with their heads held high."

 

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