Graham Crouch: Leaving Iraq
Iraq is preparing after US President Barack Obama has confirmed the end of all combat operations in the country by 31 August 2010.
The last Stryker Brigade - the 4/2 Battalion - rolled out to Kuwait as the last operational combat unit. Some 50,000 of 65,000 US troops currently in Iraq are set to remain until the end of 2011 to advise Iraqi forces and protect US interests.
The remaining 50,000 troops will stay in the country in order to train Iraqi security forces, conduct counterterrorism operations and provide civilians with ongoing security in a still fragile nation.
© Graham Crouch