WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says U.S. troops who'll be leaving Iraq by year's end will leave "with their heads held high" and "proud of their success."
He confirmed today that all American troops will be pulled out of Iraq by year's end. It ends months of wrangling over whether the U.S. would maintain a force there to help train Iraqis.
There are currently almost 40,000 American service personnel in Iraq.
Their departure allows Obama to keep a campaign promise to end the war. And it allows Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to restore his country's sovereignty.
A White House official says there will still be the standard U.S. Marine security detail attached to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad -- along with thousands of contractors to provide security for diplomats there and at U.S. consulates in two other Iraqi cities.
(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)