Obama Declares End to Iraq War: Do You Know Any Soldiers Who Will Be Coming Home?

News 2011/10/21 19:36:58
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It was a long time coming, but we're finally here. President Barack Obama announced Friday that virtually all remaining U.S. troops currently deployed in Iraq will be coming home at the end of this year -- finally ending the nearly ten-year occupation in Iraq.

"After nearly nine years, America's war in Iraq will be over," Obama said in a press conference Friday. "The coming months will be a season of homecomings. Our troops in Iraq will definitely be home for the holidays."

There are about 40,000 troops in Iraq right now and only 150 of them will have to stay behind to help in arm sales, a U.S. official said to CNN. Everyone else will be out of the country by December 31, just in time for New Years.

In the announcement, Obama stressed that he was keeping a promise he made during the 2008 campaign. The Iraq War has claimed over 4,400 U.S. soldiers' lives since March 2003, when the war started.

Do you know anyone currently in the Iraq War who will be coming home?

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  • Dan Castro 2011/10/21 19:40:38
    Dan Castro
    The real question is whether Congress will step up and treat the troops fairly by making sure that jobs are created so these brave heroes don't lose their homes because they don't get a war check anymore!

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  • ~ The Button ~ 2012/01/15 05:18:56
    ~ The Button ~
    should have got 12 mth dwell time, got 6. 3 tours iraq, headed to afghanistan next month
  • ~ The B... ~ The B... 2012/01/15 05:20:52
    ~ The Button ~
    i always hear the protestors chanting bush lied thousands died...to be fair add obama cause he said he'd end the wars and bring them home so obama lied and thousands died doesn't matter who 'started' it, obama could have ended it
  • Marek 2011/11/21 03:40:51
    No. I am afraid 0bama may order them to invade Syria if it will be obvious that Muslim Brotherhood is losing to current Syrian regime. 0bama is on the mission of installing Muslim Brothers in power all over the middle east. It is the same MB which spawned Al Qaeda and Ayman Al-Zawahiri is their man.
  • Nina 2011/11/19 06:30:06
    Hopefully not the ones that have abused the Animals there.
  • Chukroast 2011/11/18 05:34:25
    Most of the military people I know are well above the average age of those deployed.
  • Tyshunn Felton 2011/11/02 16:43:25 (edited)
    Tyshunn Felton
    I don't know any soldiers, but I'm glad they're coming home. I'm just curious: what exactly do you guys think we need to accomplish? Saddam's dead, Bin Laden's dead, Quaddafi's dead... What is left to do there, besides wasting more money? If the Iraqis want peace so bad, let them do it themselves. Just look at the people of Jordan.
  • Brian Tristan MacQuillan 2011/10/31 07:46:27 (edited)
    Brian Tristan MacQuillan
    , and hopefully alive and well.

    Afghanistan still continues.
    R.I.P. Army First lieutenant Ashley White Stumpf, 24
    Ashley White
    killed in action Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. Ashley was assigned to the 230th Brigade Support Battalion, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, North Carolina National Guard, Goldsboro, N.C., and served as a member of the Cultural Support Team attached to a Joint Special Operations Task Force in Afghanistan.
  • Brian T... Brian T... 2011/10/31 07:50:02
  • JP 2011/10/27 13:38:33
    Most are already home and have civilian jobs. If the Senate would allow anything to get done we would be much better off.
  • Tyshunn... JP 2011/11/02 18:09:57 (edited)
    Tyshunn Felton
    The senate can only approve what the house passes. Tell them to get out of the way.
  • redhorse29 2011/10/27 07:32:56
    Obummer did not declare an end to the war, we are being thrown out per our commitment to the Iraq government by Bush to be out by the end of 2011. .
  • cateycat 2011/10/25 20:01:23
    All of th people in my family have already came back safely. But we are already laying off so many people. What's going to happen to all the people coming home?
  • DS in Oak Ridge NC 2011/10/25 19:46:08
    DS in Oak Ridge NC
    While I support our brave soldiers in several tangible ways, I no longer know any of them or their families. I hope the pre-announced departure schedules and the 'leakage' of shoulder-fired rockets or other weapons that are flooding the region don't place these fine men and women at greater risk so they can make it back home safely.
  • Student 2011/10/25 19:34:52
    Most I know of have been killed by IEDs. ieds
  • harley oldman 2011/10/25 19:32:25
    harley oldman
    ...NOPE... And he (obama) probably don`t either..!
  • Aerosol Diamonds 2011/10/25 18:44:32
    Aerosol Diamonds
    The Iraq War is FINALLY coming to an end... just in time for campaign season.
  • mae 2011/10/25 17:42:40
  • Died 2011/10/25 17:29:20
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  • BlunderWoman 2011/10/25 16:28:31
    And I'll be even happier when I see my other friends come home from Afghanistan safely and permanently.
  • Liza Jane 2011/10/25 16:11:32
    Liza Jane
    Yep, my uncle is coming home to his wife and six children. I can't wait for that happiness to spread throughout the family.

    I'm so glad the Obama administration has stuck to their promise on this, our troops need to get the hell out of there.

    We can haz out of Afghanistan next, plz???
  • Lanikai 2011/10/25 15:20:26
    I also know several who will be happy not to have to go back there. BUT, this is the wrong way to do this and AND this is a bait and switch, we will keep about 15,000 troops there indefinitely but obama will rename them a domestic force. So, another total lie from the liar in chief.
  • stevegt... Lanikai 2011/10/25 19:45:16
  • Lanikai stevegt... 2011/11/02 18:59:42
    The iranians in Iraq are the ones blowing our guys up and working with al quaida to take over and install a radical muslim regime.

    here is a homecoming for one of ours, local boy, who lost his life over there last week.



    This was a 21 year old Marine. He is being laid to rest on Saturday.
  • Chris - The Rowdy One! #187 2011/10/25 14:27:36
  • Lanikai Chris -... 2011/10/25 15:22:15
    I have 8 "second sons" (that I didn't birth) that will be glad and three will (maybe) get to come home. I also have one who is headed back to Afghanistan, and he is newly married and she just miscarried, so, I hope the drawdown in Iraq means maybe he will get to stay home.

    I love all my boys, but I can see the differences in each of them and it scares me.
  • Chris -... Lanikai 2011/10/25 16:55:50
  • Lanikai Chris -... 2011/10/25 17:13:50
    Thank you Chris.

    I "adopted" each of them as I was getting them motivated to join the Marines. Helping them get organized before basic and cheering each success, each stripe and each safe return home. They call me, the facebook me and they visit when they come home. I am incredibly proud of their honor in serving and the fact that they have all matured into decent, decent men.
  • Chris -... Lanikai 2011/10/25 18:18:02
  • Lanikai Chris -... 2011/10/25 18:31:26
    Thanks, just trying to get as many as possible to get out of this backwater area and get valuable skills for better jobs later. There is nothing here, no jobs, no hope, no real chance at a better life. So, the military gets them to a better place and they grow out of the mindset that this is all there is.

    I love my guys and I want all of them and their families to have a chance at something better.
  • Chris -... Lanikai 2011/10/25 18:37:47
  • Lanikai Chris -... 2011/10/25 18:40:26
    i amke all of mine take a pocket constitution with them. I also expect that they understand government finance, so they can see what gets taken from their checks to support people, nations and corporations that don't necessarily like us.

    They also understand we are a republic, and I encourage them to read the founding fathers as I read them to my daughter. I highly recommend the federalist papers. Of course, I do all of that for a lot of my customers as well.
  • Chris -... Lanikai 2011/10/25 19:05:51
  • Bearish~PWCM~ 2011/10/25 10:38:31
    Yes and they are pissed off at the fact that all they have worked for is being thrown away by Obama idiot for votes.. They know they or their sons will have to go back to that Hell Hole to redo what they have already done... Way to make all that Death and Misery meaningless Mr Obama
  • Lanikai Bearish... 2011/10/25 15:23:46
    Exactly, wrong time, wrong way and wrong timing.

    But it might get him some votes, we all knew he would use dirty tricks.
  • Lynda Deming 2011/10/25 03:46:42
    Lynda Deming
    Many thanks and a hearty "Welcome Home" to all our wonderful troops.
    You have performed magnificently and we appreciate your dedication and sacrifice.
  • Delta 2011/10/25 03:23:39
    Don't hold your breath, and even if some do come home there will be many that will be sent in their place and many that never come back. All this is just a ploy to get approval from his followers who want communism in this country and he is betting on getting votes from this action. From what I've been hearing there are way too many invading this country, AL-queda being one of them. How many will be deployed to Uganda? I just can't trust this impostor. Sorry!
  • Big Benedict 2011/10/25 03:19:37
    Big Benedict
    My older brother is already home, so who cares? He already serve for the US Marines for five years and he is honorably discharged. I'm just glad that our brothers and sisters are coming home. We killed two main targets, so these terrorism towelheads are defenseless here. They need to spend time with their families and loved ones. Thanks Obama, but we still want you out of office since you extended the tax cut plan.
  • Tyshunn... Big Ben... 2011/11/02 16:39:16
    Tyshunn Felton
    So You want a Republican to come in and make it a permanent tax cut?
  • Big Ben... Tyshunn... 2011/11/03 23:03:49
    Big Benedict
    No and neither the democrats will do the same. Both parties are the same to me, so why bother? They're very much screwed than we are. I'm independent by the way.
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