The war in Iraq has been a sore spot for politicians for years. President Obama focused a good portion of his campaign on promising an end to the war. The President now says he is confident that the U.S. role in Iraqi combat operations will be completed by the end of this month, and he expects the removal of all U.S. troops by the end of 2011.
Obama has been receiving updates on how the plans are going. The national security team has updated the President on the status of withdrawal efforts. He has also been briefed on the unsuccessful attempts to create a stable Iraqi government.
A White House spokesman pointed out that 80,000 troops had been removed from Iraq since Obama took office and that we are on track to complete the combat on time.
There has been an increase in violence as the U.S. combat troops move out. There are several factors being blamed, including the observance of Ramadan, the attempts to block a government, and the appearance of the U.S. leaving the country.
The U.S. plan is to decrease the number of U.S. troops in Iraq to 50,000 by the end of the month. The U.S. acknowledges that there are and will continue to be terrorists in Iraq. But, according to Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes, these groups do not affect the positive accomplishments that the U.S. has made in Iraq, and the violence is lower than the past.
Many people feel that the plan to end the U.S. combat role is coming to soon, but Obama contends that 50,000 troops can do a lot when the U.S. changes its role from combat to support.