soldier walks with Iraqi child - DOD photoPresident Barack Obama announced that the U.S. will pull out all of its troops from Iraq by the end of December, drawing the nine-year war to a conclusion.

“Our troops in Iraq will definitely be home for the holidays,” said the President from the White House briefing room today.

Military leaders wanted to keep a presence in Iraq to serve as a training role, and a deterrent to Iranian meddling in Iraq’s affairs.

The President, in the end, decided against it, with full agreement from Iraq’s prime minister.

(READ the full story in the Wall Street Journal)


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