Transcript for Iraq War: Mission Complete
Historic news after -- was nine. The long deadly and very expensive years President Obama says the war in Iraq is nearly over now by the end of this year He says all American troops home. In time for the holidays right now there are more than 39000 American troops in Iraq. Since the war began a million Americans have served there many of them on multiple tours. -- more than 4000 Americans lost their lives there are more than 32000. Have come home wounded. Their lives in their families' lives permanently altered by this conflict there are a lot of questions this morning about what this means for the US and the war on terror. ABC's Christiane Amanpour will join us in just a moment but first ABC's David Crowley has the latest from the White House good morning David. More Indiana as you mentioned the president says the troops will be home for the holidays the war in Iraq is going to be over at the end of the year but many questions do remain about Iraq's future. And the US involvement there. It started with -- and on nearly nine years ago. Then mission accomplished followed by a troop buildup that reached 170000. I don't oppose war candidate Obama called it a dumb war and said He would end it. On Friday He did the rest -- our troops in Iraq -- come home by the end of the year. After nearly nine years America's war in Iraq will be over. The end of the year was already -- as a deadline. But the US was willing to keep 5000 troops in the country be on this. However Iraq's prime minister wanted to change the deal and take away from the interview for American troops. Not acceptable and the deal fell apart during a video conference call just hours before the president's announcement the last American soldier will call cross the border out of Iraq. With repair itself -- Proud of their success 4482. Americans killed 700 billion dollars spent and many questions still. -- -- defend itself. Will Iran wield too much influence over Iraq and if terrorists take root there with the US be able to send troops back in there will be. Some difficult days ahead for rock. In the United States will continue to have an interest in rock with a stable. Secure and -- -- I'll. In fact -- -- -- US forces around the Defense Secretary says talks will start to send some back in as trainers Leon Panetta told reporters quote. We're prepared to meet their training needs were prepared to engage in exercises with them. It's about 45000 US contractors -- -- stay as well about 200 Marines at the embassy and I have to tell you that the president's announcement yesterday had a lot of politics and it. Talking about keeping campaign promises He even mention jobs as well for some of these veterans who will be coming home. At the end of the year.
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