Remembering the Sacrifices of U.S. Troops in Iraq
Vice President Joe Biden attends ceremony in Iraq
- Duration 5:29
- Date Dec 1, 2011
Vice President Joe Biden attends ceremony in Iraq
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Now vice president Joseph Biden is -- in Iraq got to acknowledge the sacrifices and accomplishments.
Of US and Iraqi troops.
A Dominique -- -- you tally right now is live in Baghdad and he joins us -- Through stream box said Dominic -- there's this ceremony today what is the symbolism there.
Well it was -- the nearest thing to say thank you friendly Iraqis felt all the sacrifices Americans made in -- policy.
-- and a half -- and at a sport a half thousand lines of US servicemen and women and of course the countless Fallon the untold.
Financial toll it's also taken.
On the United States -- illegal from the prime minister -- Nouri Al-Maliki.
Was really an expression of appreciation.
Fuld the former administration of George W.
Bush in coming out would be status of forces agreement which is -- to the withdrawal that we have currently.
Under a movie I -- into a three weeks' time and he also gave thanks to the Obama administration for finally fulfilling.
That's agreement you got to contrast that the words that came as a Vice President Biden today.
Good noise everything that really happened to the Iraqis and he -- to the days of -- -- hundreds of bodies lying in the street how highways have become.
Mine fields of all -- and he reminded everybody that Iraq a very much remains a dangerous place in the risks on Paper highlights and particularly what's been happening in the diplomatic enclave of the -- easy you'll be greens and way about compound off the combat is being hit by.
Rockets in in recent top finds you know today there is increased violence in in in Indian loss with a few weeks where.
Offensively militia Shia militia have been targeting not just US forces but other sites and other targets around the country.
What the unseen and really test whether the Iraqi Security Forces really are ready to take the -- and the US is leaving patsy.
-- and and that is the question that we're hearing from a lot of people should the US continue with this withdrawal.
Considering all the tensions going on and I understand with the vice president there.
-- you have an opportunity to speak with the senior administration official about this very question.
Fascinating now they senior minister administration hadn't official actually telling faux news that's.
Discussions about US -- returning are certainly not happening now and there is no talk about it even noticed -- Actually happening but if you told to the Iraqis they would like to see the US eventually we -- All that Iraqi sends two primarily train up.
The the elements of the Iraqi Security Forces and -- quite tough to speed the process small programs in place.
And -- continuously about a 150 to 200 US soldiers who -- you stay on it he owns.
December 31 deadline.
To help with what likely future military -- and that's basically the -- tanks.
That we sold the Iraqis and tell -- says some at the F sixteens and -- that Ashcroft that we've sold that.
That the recited many tensions remaining here in Iraq and wants the US pulls out -- dominant military forces being hit for so long.
How many people here believe that -- escalates into well wide spread violence possibly as bad as we've -- -- in the hospital many people think.
It may not get say fault but ultimately it will descend Iraq continued.
Or philosophy troubled times.
And Iraq and -- want to -- I've returned to that very much an Iraqi army's one -- -- worrying whether it really it's itself connection contains a large and scale.
Whether it was just.
An outbreak of a wide violence patsy.
-- -- there is -- concern about if there -- a vacuum created by the US -- all that Iran.
Or some other.
Unfriendly city state would move into that vacuum.
Iran has been waiting in the wings for quite some times and it's been -- its -- these DE quite honestly in terms of the US withdraw oral.
-- wants to extends its regional Arab influence into racquets already done it with soft power influence and it'll look politicians controlling.
Areas -- that the economy as well through trades and through controlling jolts links to Iranian companies.
What it plans to do is really in response firmly.
The influence of really affected me that she ahead of course the Shia majority was repressed and Saddam Hussein and Iran has -- called for a long time and really being very big trip at that.
Now it's got its poles the once the -- that's what some people here in Iraq and Begin to ask me as he also describes as individuals asked.
It will be able to -- much more effectively.
What a -- -- wants to -- see the US no longer as the dominant force.
Hit in the Middle East it also wants to actually get up against Saudi Arabia's very worried.
About the potential rising Sunni power.
That's Saudi Arabia may be able to -- -- it wants to be the dominant power he would do everything it had to do it actually could even do that street militia.
It's -- militia proxies that are already here in the country or it could do it in other ways like I was saying using the -- part has already America is very worried about that it's very suspicious about that.
And that's one of the reasons even see US troops remain in the region for example the first -- which is -- the south of the country that's that's cavalry division.
Is gonna -- -- -- wait for next six months off the withdrawal of December 31.
Just to see exactly what happens in the region -- All right still a lot to work out there in Baghdad Dominic -- Kelly thank you so much for joining us live from Baghdad today.