Iraq War Officially Ends

After almost nine years, the United States has officially ended its Iraq campaign.


It's over.

After almost nine years, the United States has officially ended its Iraq campaign.

The U.S. military lowered the flag of the U.S. forces-Iraq Thursday, symbolizing the end of the war.

Now, only a few thousand troops remain in the country, a stark drop from the 170,000 once stationed there, with virtually all expected to leave by the end of the month. At the height of the war, there were 500 U.S. military installations open in Iraq--now, just two U.S. bases remain.

The war concludes with a heavy price tag: 4,500 Americans dead, 32,000 wounded, and $8 billion spent. Over a million soldiers cycled through the country at some point during the war's duration. U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta acknowledged the toll the war took, but said soldiers should be proud of their accomplishments.

"We spilled a lot of blood there," Panetta said. "But all of that has not been in vain. It's been to achieve a mission making that country sovereign and independent and able to govern and secure itself."

The full legacy of the conflict will likely remain a point of controversy for generations to come.

Four thousand troops will remain in Kuwait past Christmas to help finalize the move out of Iraq--and will be on hand in the instance that reaction forces were needed.

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  • by Anonymous on Dec 15, 2011 at 04:38 PM
    Actually, let me explain to you that I have now been serving for 21 years. I was in before the 1st Gulf War and love combat. Combat not senseless deaths. Grow a pair and join up if you are man enough.
  • by Sarge on Dec 15, 2011 at 12:04 PM
    Remember the fall of Saigon? Now, that was a successful war!
  • by Nath Location: Colo Spgs on Dec 15, 2011 at 11:17 AM
    Time will tell what we accomplished in Iraq aside from deposing a brutal despot. We were told for the duration of the conflict that we were instituting democracy in Iraq where all the people could have a voice in how their country would be run... Well, maybe not. "New Iraq Not So Free for Non-Muslims"
  • by Jay Location: Springs on Dec 15, 2011 at 11:05 AM
    @ Soldier, no one forced you to join the military. I bet your just a pathetic liberal who signed up for a paycheck, never thinking you may actually have to fight a war!!!
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      by Danny on Dec 15, 2011 at 03:01 PM in reply to Jay
      @ Jay YOUR AN IDIOT!!!! =)
  • by Greg on Dec 15, 2011 at 09:25 AM
    We still have time left this year to invade and conquer Iran, if we hurry!
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      by Anonymous on Dec 15, 2011 at 10:28 AM in reply to Greg
      Leon Panetta is pushing for a fight against terrorism in Africa! I hope gitmo has cable for the US detainees. I don't want to miss any of this
  • by 1984 on Dec 15, 2011 at 09:16 AM
    That's great news! Now more troops will be freed up to start the War on America!
  • by Soldier on Dec 15, 2011 at 07:39 AM
    Ok, so the war is finally over after almost 9 years, which means I must ask a question then.......Hey GW,where were those WMD's supposed to be at? Didn't see them during any of my 5 tours. Didn't see them up north, down south or out east or west. So again, where were the WMD's at that you sent us in after and cost the lives of thousands of soldiers and the injuries of thousands of others. Way to go GW, you should be charged with wrongful death law suits for everyone of the deaths from this war in Iraq.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 15, 2011 at 09:17 AM in reply to Soldier
      So sick of everyone's bashing of President Bush. We were only finishing the job that didn't get done during Desert Storm. I myself served two tours there, and was proud to serve under President Bush. Not so proud of the current administration though:(
      • reply
        by Anonymous on Dec 15, 2011 at 11:45 AM in reply to
        The object of the game is to never "finish the job." Even General MacArthur complained about this but.....
      • reply
        by Soldier on Dec 15, 2011 at 04:40 PM in reply to
        Let me guess, you are an Officer and have to say that right?
        • reply
          by Anonymous on Dec 15, 2011 at 08:24 PM in reply to Soldier
          No, It's just that obvious.
  • by Aaron on Dec 15, 2011 at 06:04 AM
    It's strange, I'm going to miss going there every few years.
  • by Ed Location: CS on Dec 15, 2011 at 05:50 AM
    thats great news
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