US combat forces pull out of Iraq
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Sources say that the final section of 14,000 combat troops in Iraq, the 's 4th , based at , Washington, have made their way across the border between Iraq and Kuwait, formally ending combat operations within Iraq.
Around 50,000 troops will remain in Iraq to assist Iraqi armed forces training in Operation New Dawn, ending late 2011.
The section crossed the border at 1:30 local time (22:30 yesterday Saddam Hussein, and the creation of a democratic government in the country., 18:30 ), bringing to an end the US military's seven and a half year involvement in Iraq, from their entry, to the fall of
Brigadier General Nick Tooliatos saluted each soldier as they crossed the border into Kuwait.
"I couldn’t have asked for a better honor than to greet some soldiers who have done great work for a year fighting our nation’s war, and to just be here and render honors to them and welcome them and thank them for a job well done," Tooliatos said.
US combat forces had occupied Iraq since the Iraq War in early 2003. According to the , 4,415 American troops have died in combat in Iraq since then.