After Seven and a Half Years, US Combat Troops Leave Iraq

In Iraq on August 18, 2010 at 8:34 pm

The last full US combat brigade heads south out of Iraq

With little fanfare, the last full combat brigade has loaded up their gear and driven out of Iraq. Left behind are 50,000 “non-combat” troops as “advisors”.

While any soldier will tell you that there’s no such thing as a “non-combat troop”, this is still a significant event. Private security forces will take a more active role in combat operations in areas where Iraqi security forces are not up to strength. It’s a bit of a bait-and-switch and the potential for a swell of anti-government insurgency to overwhelm the Iraqi forces is real. Still, our troops are coming out of harm’s way and that’s a reason to celebrate.

Hot Air has commentary as well as video from MSNBC that’s worth a watch.

  1. Interesting that the pullout is just to Kuwait. That’s like the troops being on call. It’s also like President Obama pacifying the left on the pullout and still having an insurance policy with troops next door in case Iraq flares up.

    Sleight of hand to a certain extent. It’s about turning out the liberal base in November and this should make them happy.

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