After U.S. troops in Iraq will face the challenge of separatist and terrorist
12 15, U.S. forces in Iraq military base near Baghdad held a flag-lowering ceremony. This marks the nine-year war in Iraq the United States officially ends.
Local 15, the Iraqi capital Baghdad airport, a small ceremony is held in a neat queue before U.S. troops, the number of U.S. soldiers will face the U.S. flag and carefully roll up , into the cheese in a camouflage, sealing, packing. The same day, U.S. Defense Secretary Panetta announced to the world in front of these soldiers, the U.S. military mission in Iraq formally ended.
this point, began in March 2003, the Iraq war, and finally a stop. 8 years of war to overthrow Saddam Hussein, Iraq’s development path has changed, but the price is cheap.
thousands of people lose their lives
15 days, Panetta take military aircraft, from Afghanistan to Iraq to participate in the U.S. military mission in Iraq formally ended the ceremony .
ceremony held at the heavily guarded Baghdad airport, more like a soldier farewell ceremony. In addition to Panetta, the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Dempsey, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, Austin also came to the scene. They and hundreds of Iraqi officials and U.S. soldiers together, “quiet” to the end of this last eight years, so that at least 100,000 people lose their lives in war.
ceremony, several U.S. soldiers carrying the American flag, the flag of Iraq and U.S. troops fighting in Iraq flag slowly toward the podium. Panetta then announced that the U.S. military mission in Iraq formally ended.
Iraq still faces three big mountains
his speech at the scene, Panetta for more than eight years of U.S. soldiers stationed in Iraq, expressed his thanks. “No words, no ceremony can be hailed as the arrival of their lives today, people … … to pay tribute to you! We lost a lot of blood, but it all paid off … we will leave here with great pride, which is a permanent pride. “
Panetta also said the withdrawal of U.S. troops, Iraq will be the face of terrorism, separatism, the challenges of economic and social issues, but” the United States and the Iraqi people will stand together, building a stronger, more prosperous country. “
After the ceremony, U.S. soldiers fighting in Iraq carefully to the U.S. flag into a camouflage cloth tube, the packing. This flag will be along soon with a large force to the United States.
the most unpopular war
2003 March, when U.S. President George W. Bush to Iraq of weapons of mass destruction excuse to launch the war in Iraq. 8 years nearly 4,500 U.S. soldiers killed, more than 32,000 soldiers were wounded. The total cost up to $ 800 billion. The peak of the war in Iraq, up to 170,000 U.S. soldiers stationed in Iraq.
Obama took office, began to gradually withdraw U.S. troops in Iraq. To December 31, the last more than 4,000 U.S. troops will completely withdraw from Iraq. This concludes the United States has launched since the Vietnam War a “most popular” (UK media language) of foreign war. (Sheet music)
“American brothers, I will not need you”
Iraqi officers said that Saddam was not defeated by the Americans, but by the Iraqis to abandon
According to Xinhua News Agency Xinhua 14, U.S. troops in Iraq to be located in the province of Diwaniyah in central Iraq Ecko barracks over to Iraq. Ecko barracks, the U.S. military base in all 505 504 transferred to Iraq in the first base side.
attended the handover ceremony of the 8th Division Iraqi Army units directly under Captain Lieutenant Colonel Saidi interview with this reporter laughed and said: “I want to say that the U.S. military brethren, this is no longer need you, all the way, Merry Christmas. “Saidi said:” Although many U.S. troops were also good, but this is not their country, they should go back to their country. home, they are happy, we are very happy. Iraq things should be left to the Iraqis themselves to deal with. “
Saidi pointed out that the soldiers fighting in Iraq should not be underestimated and courage. Many people are still confused, the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Saddam Hussein army more than one infantry division, “disappeared.” Saidi explains the matter, said: “Saddam Hussein was not defeated by the Americans, but abandoned by the Iraqis.” He was working as a company commander in Saddam’s army. U.S. forces close to the station, the Saidi, that Saddam Hussein should not sacrifice their lives, so he will dissolve the whole company, so that all his men home.
“Today, the occupiers leave our homeland, the Iraqi army fighting for their country.” Saidi said.
disturb the terrorist attacks in Iraq, Chinese
occasion the Americans leave, with Iraq, told reporters that the Chinese, many Iraqis are worried that after the withdrawal of American security.
engaged in foreign trade business in Iraq, Ma Tao told reporters, when the U.S. military, the security very seriously, Baghdad Airport is an outstanding example. “Baghdad airport may be the world’s most sophisticated airport security had.” Said Ma Tao, away from the Baghdad airport, more than 10 kilometers, it is necessary to transfer the vehicle by the local government operations, and this is the first security check. In the airport, the Americans used the signal shielding system, car remote control can not be used.
Ma Tao said that in September this year after another explosion in Baghdad, scared he did not dare go out. “I live with two Iraqis, have left them to go out to buy something if it had to work out, leaned over afterwards will see security chassis have not been a bomb.”
but , a translator in Iraq, Mr. Wang said he was not worried about the safety of their own future. “The U.S. military withdrawal, should be more secure, and most of terrorist attacks against Americans are.” Newspaper reporter Zhang Le
the United States or to leave Iran, “opportunity”
U.S. expert Yuan Peng that the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq after the “vacuum”, is likely to be Iran or other forces are filled.
Yuan Peng said the U.S. military withdrawal, the new changes will make the Middle East. Such as Iran and Iraq relations have been good recently, Iran will be closer relations with Iraq. Iran and Iraq as the United States will likely further stage of the game. In addition, some terrorist groups may also use the opportunity to withdraw the United States, returned to Iraq to continue to launch terrorist attacks. Both the Iranian forces to intervene, or the resurgence of terrorist forces, the U.S. Middle East policy will affect. U.S. ongoing global strategic plan, once the policy has been interference with the Middle East, Asia-Pacific policy would certainly be a subtle effect. Reporter Zhang Yue
Iraq eight years
8 years and 9 months
American personnel in Iraq:
about 1.5 million (total)
U.S. military deaths:
number of people injured:
at least 100,000 people
about 120 million
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