War In Iraq Is Over

Ken AshfordIraq, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

Final U.S. combat brigade pulls out of Iraq.

By the end of this month, the United States will have six brigades in Iraq, by far its smallest footprint since the 2003 invasion. Those that remain are conventional combat brigades reconfigured slightly and rebranded "advise and assist brigades." The primary mission of those units and the roughly 4,500 U.S. special operations forces that will stay behind will be to train Iraqi troops. Under a bilateral agreement, all U.S. troops must be out of Iraq by Dec. 31, 2011.


Faith-Hinkley1 4,415 U.S. soldiers dead. That number includes Spc. Faith R. Hinkley, 23, of Colorado Springs, Colo., who died on Aug. 7 in Baghdad, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked her unit in Iskandariya, Iraq. She was assigned to the 502nd Military Intelligence Battalion, 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. 

She was 16 when the war started.

31,907 wounded.


Who won?

UPDATE — John McCain has an interesting perspective on who deserves credit…