US President says Iraq war is ending

– US President, Barack Obama, insisted today that the combat mission in Iraq, which officially ends on Tuesday, is close to ending. “The bottom line is this: the war is ending,” Obama told the nation in his weekly address broadcast on radio and the web.

He said as that as a presidential candidate, he had promised he would end this war, and that’s what he is doing now that he is a president.

“We have brought home more than 90,000 troops since I took office. We have closed or turned over to Iraq hundreds of bases. In many parts of the country, Iraqis have already taken the lead for security,” said Obama.

After seven years of war, American soldiers are about to end their combat mission.

After ending the combat mission, approximately 50,000 U.S. troops will stay conducting training and assistance missions within Iraq, partnering with Iraqis in counter-terrorism missions, and also protecting U.S. civilian and military efforts in the country.

However: “The war is ending.” “As a sovereign state, Iraq is free to chart its own course,” he said referring to the take-over of security responsibilities by Iraqi forces. “At the end of next year, all our troops will be home,” he added.

Officially, the U.S. combat mission expires on August 31st, date when Obama will appear on a nationally televised speech.

Right in the middle of U.S. combat force withdrawal, Iraq has been caught in a wave of terror these recent days, with up to 60 people killed in bombings in one day.

However, the U.S. State Department stated that this violence is to be expected, but overall there is an increased stability within the country.

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