Last week, President Obama announced that he would be withdrawing U.S. forces from Iraq by the end of this year. Our military men and women have served with valor in Iraq and we all should stand ready to express our appreciation to them and their families for their sacrifice. I applaud the President's announcement, and look forward to witnessing Iraq's continued progress.
With the end of the combat mission last August, our principal purpose was to help prepare the Iraqis to handle their own security and governance so that no part of Iraq can become a safe haven for those who wish to commit terrorist acts against America or her allies. The Iraqi government has risen to that task, and we have cooperatively accomplished our objectives. Therefore, we will uphold our commitment to the people of Iraq to withdraw our troops by December 31, 2011.
This announcement is a part of our broader effort to wind down America's wars abroad. As we end the war in Iraq, we have already begun a transition in Afghanistan, and are beginning to bring our troops home from there. By the end of this year, troop numbers will be drastically reduced, and will keep going down. As we end the wars, we are able to focus on rebuilding our nation at home. I support President Obama's plan, and remain committed to work in partnership with those in the region during this time of transition.
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