Transcript for Obama Promises Iraq Troops Will Be Home for Holidays
The candidate. For president. Pledge to bring the war in Iraq to a responsible -- For the sake of our national security and the strength of American leadership. Around the world. After taking office I announced a new strategy that would -- our combat mission in Iraq. And remove all of our troops by the end of 2011. As commander in chief ensuring the success of the strategy has been one of my highest national security prior orders. Last year I announced the end to our combat mission in Iraq. And today we've removed more than 100000 troops. Iraqis have taken full responsibility for their country's security. -- few. Hours ago -- spoke with Iraqi prime minister -- I reaffirmed that the United States keeps its commitments. He spoke of the determination. Of the Iraqi People to forge their own future. We are in full agreement about how to move forward. So today I can report that as -- the rest our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of the year. After nearly nine years. Of America's war in Iraq. Will be over. Over the next two months our troops in Iraq. Tens of thousands of them will pack up their -- And for -- for the journey home. The last American soldier it will -- across the border. Out of Iraq. -- their health heads held high. I'm proud of their success. And knowing that the American people stand united. In our support for our troops. And is now America's military efforts in Iraq -- and but even as we mark this important milestone we're also moving into a new phase in the relationship between the United States and Iraq it. As of January 1 and keeping whether -- strategic framework agreement with -- -- It will be a normal relationship between sovereign nations. An equal partnership based on mutual interest and mutual respect. And today's conversation prime minister Maliki and I agree that. A meeting of the higher coordinating committee of the strategic framework agreement will convene in the coming weeks. And I invited the prime minister to come to the White House in December. As we plan for all the important work that we have to do together. This will be a strong and enduring partnership. What -- diplomats and civilian advisors in the lead. Will help Iraqis strengthen institutions that are just representative and accountable. We'll build new ties of trade and commerce culture and education that unleash the potential. The Iraqi People. -- partner within Iraq that contributes to regional security and peace just as we insist that other nations respect Iraq's sovereignty. As I told prime minister market. We will continue discussions on how we might help Iraq train and equip its forces. Again just as we offer training and assistance to countries around the world. After all there will be some difficult days ahead for Iraq. And the United States will continue to have an interest in rock that a stable. Secure and self reliance. Just it's Iraqis have persevered through war. I'm confident they can build a future worthy of their history as the cradle of civilization. Here at home. The coming months will be another season of home -- Across America our servicemen and women will be reunited with the -- Today I can say that our troops in Iraq. We'll definitely. Be home for the holidays.
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