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January 25, 2010

US Marines Wrap Up Mission in Iraq

Our Marines leave Iraq victorious, despite the tireless efforts by so many on the Left and within the Democratic party to see that they surrender, or famously, “re-deploy” to Okinawa.

BAGHDAD  —  The U.S. Marine Corps wrapped nearly seven years in Iraq on Saturday, handing over duties to the Army and signaling the beginning of an accelerated withdrawal of American troops as the U.S. turns its focus away from the waning Iraqi war to a growing one in Afghanistan.

The Marines formally handed over control of Sunni-dominated Anbar, Iraq’s largest province, to the Army during a ceremony at a base in Ramadi — where some of the fiercest fighting of the war took place.

If all goes as planned, the last remaining Marines will be followed out by tens of thousands of soldiers in the coming months. President Obama has ordered all but 50,000 troops out of the country by Aug. 31, 2010, with most to depart after the March 7 parliamentary election.

The remaining troops will leave by the end of 2011 under a U.S.-Iraqi security pact.

The changeover at Ramadi, west of Baghdad, leaves the U.S. Army’s 1st Armored Division with responsibility over both Baghdad and Anbar, the vast desert province that stretches from western Baghdad to the borders of Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

As many as 25,000 Marines were in Iraq at the peak, mostly in Anbar province. The few thousand who remain — except for U.S. Embassy guards and advisers in Baghdad — are expected to ship out in a matter of weeks.

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A great victory for the U.S. Marines and for all of our servicemen.  It’s also a victory for President George W. Bush whose surge nobody believed in, and who was unyielding in his commitment to a free and democratic Iraq.  Below the vile and disgusting (soon ex) Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) attempting to engineer our defeat and surrender for purely partisan purposes:

Harry Reid: “This war is lost.”


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