President Barack Obama’s End Of War Speech: True or False?

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“Let me say this as plainly as I can, by August 31, 2010, our combat mission in Iraq will end.”

These were the words uttered by President Barack Obama last February 27, 2009 in front of Iraqi war veterans at Marine Corp Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, this was a month after being inaugurated as president. And true to his promise, he announced in his speech today that combat operations in Iraq have ceased.

The Iraq war which was also called Operation Iraqi Freedom is a military operation that began in March 20, 2003 with the invasion of Iraq. The war began with the allegation that Iraq was in possession of weapons of mass destruction later acknowledged by the U.N. as without basis through a series of their own investigations.

In May 1, 2003, then President George Bush announced that the war in Iraq was “Mission Accomplished”. But later on, the invasion became an occupation with resistance intensifying. Elections were held in Iraq and a new government set up. Saddam Hussein was eventually captured, tried and executed by the newly formed Iraqi government, but the resistance against U.S. presence still continued and U.S. troop casualties increased and so more troops were sent.

By November of 2008, in a turn of events, the U.S. presidential election of 2008 was a contest about key issues on Iraq. President Barack Obama won the race against conservative John McCain becoming the 44th president of the United States of America with a promise to end the war in Iraq.

In his speech today, he acknowledged the sacrifices made by the U.S. troops who went to Iraq, and justified that the Iraqi people are now ready to handle the matters of their own security and proclaimed that the combat mission in Iraq has finally ended and the need to rebuild is now back home.


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