U.S. ends combat operations in Iraq

After 7½ years, last convoy of fighting forces rolling into Kuwait

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.

4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division "Raiders" coming home

4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division 'Raiders' coming home

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.

Well done.


  1. Not a bad thng, but mostly pageantry, IMO.

    As long as Iran is belligerent and threatening with nukes, I suspect we’ll keep tens of thousands of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. I mean, I would.

    This is a classical war with many fronts.

    1. Not a bad thng, but mostly pageantry, IMO.

      For sure. But better than having to add troops to the mix and commit to additional combat. Despite this isn’t the end of things, it’s a good thing.

  2. I’ll be very happy to be proven wrong, but I don’t think I am.

    The many and various indiginous parties are all waiting. At some point, an invisible tripline in the form of the numbers and types of US troops left will be crossed. When that happens……….the knives will come out and score settling begin. Score settling that will dwarf anything we’ve seen so far into mere playground activity. The Shias have not begun to forgive the Sunnis for all the shit they inflicted on the Shias, while Saddam and his crew were calling the shots. The Sunnis are burning for a return to power, and all too aware they’ve gotten some pay payback, and are already marginalised by the Shias. Iran will continue to agitate, manipulate, and provoke whenever they can and contratry to what many think…………they’ll aid the Sunnis as well as the Shias, depending on who they (the Iranians) think they can get the most bang for their buck from. Al Quaida and other interested Sunni groups will back the Sunnis whenever and however they can. Neither the Sunnis or Shias like the Kurds and are avaricious for the north and it’s oil. The Kurds are just itching for a Free Kurdistan and the oil, and rightfully resentful of Saddams Arabization of many traditional Kurdish areas. The Turks and the Iranians will both try to keep their oars in these waters too. Neither wants any Free Kurdish BS lapping over onto their turf. Welcome home Troops! Good luck Iraq! Everyone hold onto your asses!

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