August 19th, 2010
09:24 AM ET

Last U.S. combat convoy has left Iraq

Arwa Damon

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The last U.S. brigade combat team in Iraq has left the country, a move that helps U.S. President Barack Obama reach his goal of 50,000 troops in the country by September 1.

Their departure leaves about 56,000 U.S. troops in the country, according to the U.S. military.

Capt. Christopher Ophardt, spokesman for the 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, said the last of the 4,000 members of the unit crossed the border into Kuwait early Thursday.

A few hundred members stayed behind to finish administrative and logistical duties but will fly out of Baghdad later Thursday, Ophardt said.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Gary T.

    The American people should be asking themselves, "are we leaving Iraq better off than we invaded almost eight years ago??"

    August 19, 2010 at 12:18 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Thank you Mr. President for doing the right thing and God bless our brave troops.

    August 19, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  3. Linda Hendrickson

    As I watched the live footage of the last of our combat troops leaving Iraq, I can't help having mixed emotions: fear, exhaustion, regret, loss, frustration, trepidation–we went into Iraq without clear direction and timelines. We have had our troops on multiple tours, driven to exhaustion but still performing above and beyond.
    But I cannot help but remember the loss–of lives, limbs, homes. Do those going home remember those we have lost? I think so–I would like to think the loss of our son in Iraq, nor his over 4,000 comrades was not in vain.
    To every family who is mourning a loss, we are with you. We are an elite group–the Gold Star families. As much as this time has impacted our lives, let us remember who and what has been lost and gained and know our loves ones are with us still.

    August 19, 2010 at 11:24 am |
  4. Kenneth Close Chritiansburg, Va.

    Hate to say this but there still is combat troops in Iraq. Don't believe everything your told. But then again that wouldn't sell ad spots.

    August 19, 2010 at 10:35 am |
  5. Bg1Pap12

    We only hope that this translate into a deficit reducing measure.

    August 19, 2010 at 9:54 am |