The final convoy of the Army’s 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, based at Fort Lewis, Wash., began entering Kuwait about 1:30 a.m. (6:30 p.m. Wednesday ET), carrying the last of the 14,000 U.S. combat forces in Iraq, said NBC’s Richard Engel, who has been traveling with the brigade as it moved out this week.
The departure marks the official end of Operation Iraqi Freedom, P.J. Crowley, a spokesman for the State Department, told msnbc TV. But while it is “an historic moment,” he said, it is not the end of the U.S. mission in Iraq.
Before everyone starts high-fiving about how all the troops are out, there are still 50,000 in Iraq. We’ll see how “ended” combat operations are.
I’ve said we won’t really know if this works until the Iraqis who were little kids when we invaded are grown up and running the country. Things look to be on a decent track right now. And I think we’re all glad that the fighting has died down for our guys.