October 21, 2011
President Barack Obama announced Friday that U.S. troops will be out of Iraq by the end of the year.
The announcement will allow the U.S. to say definitively that the war in Iraq is over after eight years. The official says the partnership between the U.S. and Iraq will become a normal one between two sovereign nations.
Obama made the announcement at the White House after speaking to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
The two leaders agreed strongly that it was the best way forward. Some U.S. officials had argued for a troop presence beyond the end of the year to cement security gains.