Washington DC – PRESIDENT Barack Obama promised to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq this year symbolically to end the war. However, the U.S. still leaves several thousand troops in Iraq to offset the influence Iran.
After months of negotiations with Baghdad officials fail to reach an agreement, Obama announced he would withdraw its remaining forces still as many as 40,000 troops by the end of the year. “After almost nine years of war in Iraq will end,” Obama said.
The announcement was at once a milestone, after more than eight and a half years of the Bush administration led the invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein on charges of storing weapons of mass destruction that were never there.
Obama made the announcement after conducting a video conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. The two leaders eventually agreed to pull U.S. troops remaining end of this year.
Discourse extend U.S. troop presence to be very sensitive and cause a rift among Iraq’s political elite. Head of the coalition, Maliki, including politicians who strongly opposed the the presence of foreign troops in Iraq, eventually supporting the troop presence to train but he rejected the existence of legal immunity for U.S. troops.
In Iraq, U.S. forces reached its peak about 190,000 troops, during the height of the wave sending troops by President George W. Bush in 2007, nearly 4,500 U.S. soldiers were killed and the war has cost U.S. $ 700 billion for military spending.
When the country is still in a fragile condition, Iraq tried to distance itself from Washington’s influence in Iraq after rising slowly through the years of violence that destroys people’s lives and left tens of thousands of people.