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US Troops Withdraw From Iraq Cities

From a giddy Reuters:

Iraqis rejoice as U.S. troops leave Baghdad

By Tim Cocks And Muhanad Mohammed Mon Jun 29

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – U.S. troops pulled out of Baghdad on Monday, triggering jubilation among Iraqis hopeful that foreign military occupation is ending six years after the invasion to depose Saddam Hussein.

Iraqi soldiers paraded through the streets in their American-made vehicles draped with Iraqi flags and flowers, chanting, dancing and calling the pullout a "victory."

Addressing military leaders in Baghdad, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said: "Our sovereignty has started and … we should move forward to build a modern state and enjoy (the) security which has been achieved." …

The government has declared June 30 a national holiday, "National Sovereignty Day." …

A spate of bombings in recent days, including two of the deadliest for more than a year that killed 150 people between them, have raised fears militants will try to step up the pace of attacks.

Yet few Iraqis see that as reason for the Americans to stay.

"It is a big joy to see them leaving," said Abu Hassan, 60, a shop owner. "There might be some more attacks because of struggles between the different parties, but Iraqis are controlling security now. It’s up to our forces now." …

More than six years of U.S. occupation and the orgy of sectarian violence it unleashed have left most Iraqis feeling at best ambivalent about U.S. forces.

Many complain their lives have improved little since then, with daily struggles caused by power cuts and water shortages.

"They did a good job getting rid of that tyrant, Saddam, and we thank them for that, but it’s really time for them to leave," said Talib Rasheed, 70, sitting outside in one of Baghdad’s leafier suburbs. "Maybe they could leave us some electricity?"

Let’s hope that all of the blood spilled by our brave soldiers has not been in vain.

More than six years of U.S. occupation and the orgy of sectarian violence it unleashed…

Bush’s fault to the end, eh Reuters?

We’ll see.

Many complain their lives have improved little since then, with daily struggles caused by power cuts and water shortages.

Again, the famous Iraqi gratitude is truly breathtaking.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, June 30th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

13 Responses to “US Troops Withdraw From Iraq Cities”

  1. canary says:

    I guess women weren’t invited to the celebration. Our troops only have relocating to Afganistan to look forward to.

  2. ThreeBus says:

    “Let’s hope that all of the blood spilled by our brave soldiers has not been in vain.”

    Here Here

    • MinnesotaRush says:

      And let’s remember .. the blood spilled by any of our brave soldiers is NEVER in vain!!!

      Our military men and women devote themselves, when called upon, to honorable and righteous pursuits.

      However the politicians and media may screw things up and try to propagandize to fit their agendas …

      … our brave soldiers’ blood is never spilled in vain!!!

      And may God bless them, grace them, and keep them safe always!!!

    • ThreeBus says:

      Dear Minnesota Rush:

      I was quoting the author of the article comments. (I assume it was Steve).

      Never said Our Soldiers spill their blood in vain. Please calm down and direct your anger
      at those who are ruining our country. I love this country and those who have fought and are
      fighting to keep this country safe. I come from a long line of those who have served.

      God Bless you and Our Soldiers.

    • MinnesotaRush says:

      Gosh three .. sorry if it seemed that I was ‘assaulting/assailing’ you, or anyone.

      I was merely adding a thought .. a rememberance.

      Sorry if it offended .. certainly wasn’t intended to!

    • ThreeBus says:

      Thank you Minnesota! I don’t know what it is but alotta people often take me wrong.
      It doesn’t help that we can’t hear each other. I thought you were yellin at me, Pal.

      God Bless You
      AND Our Soldiers
      (Big Hugs)

  3. dostadawg says:

    I say the next time they are under the rule of a cruel dictator we leave them to suffer under whoever it might be.

  4. Reality Bytes says:

    Used to be US Marines would hit the beaches. Now they’re forced to commute. Another blow to freedom & liberty. It’s called “Obama”.

  5. artboyusa says:

    Good for the Iraqis. They deserve to celebrate, after everything they’ve been put through. We got their freedom back for them and now its over to them; let’s up they don’t mess it up again. And let’s hope we don’t mess up again either. When I think of how close run this whole thing was, about all the mistakes we made and continued to make, about how much we suffered and how close we came to losing it all…well, we finally got smart and we finally got lucky but hear me God, I pray we learned something from all this and that it was all worth it.

  6. Rusty Shackleford says:

    A little “predictive” reporting….

    Sectarian violence broke out today, cutting short Iraqi’s celebrations on their sovereignty day. There were mass riots and bloodshed in the streets most of the day as various muslim sects fought for power over the now troop-free Baghdad greater area.

    This is not what I want to have happen…but what I expect will happen. Many Iraqis, not accustomed to anything but a totalitarian government, will never understand how true freedom works. They assumed that with Saddam Hussein, the place was peaceful and his ethnic cleansing didn’t affect them, so…so what?

    As we all are—-Watch this space—-because I think the fecal-fan interface unit is going to go into overdrive and it won’t be long. Their “police forces” are pathetic…just more thugs with guns and the outlying areas, where the bandits and robbers hang out, will now see Baghdad as fresh pickins.

    It might start off slowly….or it might happen all at once….but the way middle easterners deal with political disagreement is with violence. I’m quite certain that there are groups of young men, who right now are plotting to make their move to take power, or support their choice for power in Iraq.

    Status quo to them is a gangster in power doling out favors and privilege to his cronies.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Hello? Is this Mr. Obama? We have an immediate opening here in Iraq that is right up your alley and you are the first person we thought of for the job!

  7. Media_man says:

    “The Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity” – Golda Meir. They’ll be cutting each others throats en masse within 6 months.

  8. neocon mom says:

    Real freedom is freedom to fail as well.

    However, I still believe that our soldiers had a profound positive impact on Iraq’s youth. We may (or may not) see the fruit of this for a long time. I pray that we do.


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