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-- pledge to bring the war in Iraq to a responsible end.
For the sake of our national security and the strength of American leadership.
Around the world.
After taking office I announced a new strategy the -- and our combat mission in Iraq.
And remove all of our troops by the end of 2011.
As commander in chief ensuring the success of the strategy has been one of my highest national security priorities.
Last year I announced the end to our combat mission in Iraq.
And today we've removed more than 100000 troops.
Iraqis have taken full responsibility for their country's security.
Hours ago I spoke with Iraqi prime minister -- I reaffirmed that the United States keeps its commitments.
He spoke of the determination.
Of the Iraqi People to forge their own future.
We are in full agreement about how to move forward.
So today I can report that has -- the rest our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of the year.
After nearly nine years.
America's war in Iraq.
Will be over.
Over the next two months our troops in Iraq.
Tens of thousands of them will pack up their -- In -- convoys for the journey home.
The last American soldier -- call cross the border.
What -- held heads held high proud of their success.
And knowing that the American people stand united.
In our support for our troops.
That is -- America's military efforts in Iraq -- and but even as we mark this important milestone we're also moving into a new face in the relationship between the United States and Iraq.
As of January 1 and keeping what our strategic framework agreement with -- -- There will be a normal relationship between sovereign nations.
An equal partnership based on mutual interest and mutual respect.
Today's conversation prime minister Maliki and I agreed that.
A meeting of the higher coordinating committee of the strategic framework agreement will convene in the coming weeks.
And I invited the prime minister to come to the White House in December.
As we plan for all the important work that we have to do together.
This will be a strong and enduring partnership.
What -- diplomats and civilian advisors in the lead.
Will help Iraqi strengthen institutions that are just representative and accountable.
We'll build new ties of trade and of commerce culture and education that unleash the potential of the Iraqi People.
-- partner within Iraq that contributes to regional security and peace just as we insist that other nations respect Iraq's sovereignty.
As I told prime minister market.
We will continue discussions on how we might help Iraq train and equip its forces.
Again just as we -- for training and assistance to countries around the world.
After all there will be some difficult days ahead for Iraq.
And the United States will continue to have an interest in -- Iraq that is stable.
Secure and self -- Just -- Iraqis have persevered through war I'm confident they can build a future worthy.
Of their history as the cradle of civilization.
-- at home.
The coming months will be in another season of home comes.
Across America our servicemen and women will be reunited with their families.
Today I can say that our troops in Iraq.
The home for the holidays.
This December will be a time to reflect on all that we've been through in this war.
Paul joined the American people and paying tribute to the more than one million Americans.
Who have served in Iraq.
Why there are many wounded warriors and the nearly 4500.
And there -- Iraqi and coalition partners who gave their lives to this effort.
And finally I would note that the end of war in Iraq reflects a larger transition.
The tide of war -- -- The draw down in Iraq allowed us to refocus our fight against al-Qaeda and achieve.
Major victories against its leadership including Osama bin Laden.
Now -- -- as we remove our last troops from Iraq were beginning to bring our troops home from Afghanistan.
Where we've begun a transition to Afghan security.
When I took office roughly 180000.
Troops were deployed in both these wars.
And by the end of this year that number will be cut in half.
And make no mistake there will continue to go down.
Meanwhile yesterday marked the definitive end of the Gadhafi regime in Libya.
And -- to our military played a critical role in shaping.
A situation on the ground in which -- -- people can build their own future.
Today NATO is working to bring this successful mission to a close.
So to sum up.
The United States is moving forward -- position of strength.
The long war in Iraq will come to an end by the end of this year.
In Afghanistan is moving forward.
And our troops.
Are finally coming home.
As they do fewer deployments and more time training will help keep our military.
The very best in the world.
And as we welcome home our newest veterans will never stop working to give them and their families.
The benefits and the opportunities.
That they have -- This includes -- -- our veterans in the greatest challenge that we now face as a nation.
Trading opportunities and jobs.
In this country.
Because after a decade of war the nation that we need to build in the nation we will bill is our -- America that sees its economic strength restored.
Just as we've restored our leadership around -- -- Thank you very much.
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