The Last US Combat Troops Withdraw
from Iraq, Cross into Kuwait
The seven year conflict in Iraq winds down as the 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division crossed the Iraq-Kuwait border into Kuwait at the Khabari border crossing.
Several U.S. news agencies and television networks that have reporters embedded with the departing troops are documenting the official end to Operation Iraqi Freedom.
According to the Voice of America News agency, the historic day is two weeks ahead of the August 31st deadline set by President Obama. This brings the end to a conflict that has been waged for 7 years and 5 months now by the U.S. military, spanning two administrations began in March of 2003.
No official statement about the accelerated withdrawal was issued from the White House for immediate release. However, in past weeks President Obama, as well as Defense Secretary Robert Gates have spoke in detail about the nearing deadline in a variety of appearances and news conferences.
Obama said to a group of diabled war veterans a few weeks ago the American lives that were sacrificed helped the Iraqis defeat al-Qaida in Iraq and prop up their new democratic political system. President Obama praised their individual sacrifices and noted the continued threat of terrorism to the progress Iraqis have made.
Over 4,200 U.S. military men and women were killed, and more than 30,000 U.S. casualties was the toll Operation Iraqi Freedom placed on the nation.