All U.S. Troops Will Leave Iraq By End Of The Year; Tri-State Area Reacts

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – It’s over.

President Barack Obama announced Friday that the nearly 40,000 U.S. troops will be out of Iraq by the end of the year.

For more the President’s decision, continuing coverage at

“As promised, the rest of 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,” Obama said. “Our troops in Iraq will definitely be home for the holidays,” Obama said.

Obama said the final U.S. soldiers will leave with their “heads held high.” Obama said the future relationship with Iraq will mirror other nations that have normal diplomatic status with the U.S.

“Over the next two months our troops in Iraq — tens of thousands of them — will pack up their gear and board convoys for the journey home.”

1010 WINS’ Terry Sheridan gets reaction from New Yorkers in Times Square

Long Island congressman, Peter King, told CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer he would have preferred to keep up to 25,000 soldiers in Iraq, but said the Obama “had no choice.”

“Once the Iraqi government, however, refused to give immunity to our troops, the President had no choice but to order their withdrawal,” King said.

Obama left the door open to a continuing training presence of U.S. forces in Iraq, adding that would resemble the presence in other nations.

The decision ends more than eight years of U.S. involvement in Iraq. More than 4,400 American military members have been killed since the beginning of the conflict in 2003.

The report prompted immediate reaction from veterans and residents in the Tri-State Area.

“I feel like this is great but I feel like there will always be some sort of a contingency force there. Just because we’re out of Iraq doesn’t mean we’re out of Iraq,”said Matt Wojciechowski of Montclair N.J., a former Army captain who served two tours in Iraq. “I don’t think we’re ever going to be fully, 100 percent out.”

Marge Drescher and her husband, George, broke down in tears after the President’s announcement. It means that their son Army Capt. Christopher Drescher, who has already served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, won’t be sent back to Iraq again.

Drescher was due to ship out in mid-December. The couple already knows what they’ll do when they see him.

“A big bear hug. He knows what’s coming — big pat on the back, ‘good to see you,'” George Drescher told Kramer.

“I was ecstatic,” said Marge Drescher.

Others commenting on the report on’s Facebook page, reacted incredulously.

“Now get them off Afghan soil,” wrote John Ferro. “And don’t go sending any to Libya either.”

“About time its been 8 in a half yrs in the making…BRING’EM HOME BABY!!” Kachary Dominguez wrote.

“Don’t celebrate until all our troops are home and back with their families,” wrote Larry Hamrlicek. ” Not over until the last transport plane lands on US soil.”

Watch: Obama’s Full Announcement

What do you think of the decision? Sound off in our comments section.

  • Brian

    What is it about this President , that the majority dislikes. Is it the fact he is a person of color. What is it. From day one, it appears that Race is still a large issue and that persons of color are hopeless cant make decisions without negativity. Do not forget the 8 years before he became in Office. But it also appears that there is selective listening, reading, and understanding going on here. He is doing his best, if you have better ideas you run for Office .

    • A Little Birdie Told Me

      Thank you x 50, Brian. The neocon American christian Taliban have been against President Obama and his Administration since he took office. Yet he has accomplished more in the last three years than GWBunnypants and TortureBoy Cheney did in eight years! The T-publicans have no answers and block all bills that would solve the problems this country faces. With both deaths of Saddam and Ghadafi under his Administration, AND the withdrawl of troops from Iraq before Christmas, not to mention the repeal of DADT. He is a shoo-in for re-election, as well as replacement of the DOA Congressional T-publicans and bluedog DsINO! The more the opposition fights President Obama, the longer the red carpet will get in 2013! I say like the opposition learn the hard way. You can’t attract flies to honey by using vinegar!

  • Meme Meyagi

    what is done about 7 million mooslime terrorists living in usa?

    • lildebrarae

      Who cares?!

  • Sherri

    I guess I’m supposed to re-elect him now……..

    • A Little Birdie Told Me

      Observing Dr meh’s comments, OR you can follow the President who orchestrated the deaths of Saddam and Ghadafi, actually bringing the troops home by/before Christmas, not to mention repealing DADT, admitting he is wrong when he goofs up… this is what drives the opposition up the wall. Plus the fact,of course, that he, as the first black President, is more intelligent than GWBunnypants or TortureBoy Cheney! The deciding point is: If the T-publicans insist on nagging the President as they have the last 33 months, the President is a shoo-in because the general population just will not buy the lies against the President… it’s that simple! So yes, I’d probably vote for him yesterday already!

    • Dr meh

      You can always vote for the party that gave us two wars. That is the beauty of democracy, Freedom of choice to make bad decisions

  • The Realist

    Obama can’t do that. It would devastate the economy.

    There are thousands of PROFESSIONAL PROTESTERS who make their living by demanding an end to the war in Iraq. Actually ending the war in Iraq will put all those people out of work and deprive them of an income.

    • A Little Birdie Told Me

      Wow! 1) Mohammar is dead andgone; 2) Troops are coming home. What else could go right for our beloved President? The RepubliCONS/T-Partiers had better cool their jets, lest they get someone knockin’ on their doors. This time it could be for real!

      As if THAT wasn’t good news, read this!!!

  • DarthEVaderCheney

    When I observe democratic elections in Iraq and Afghanistan without the USA looking over the shouders of the voters and other Staff, then I ‘might’ think our involvement is over. As long as there is oil under the Middle East, the USA wil never mind its own business!

  • Dominique Morisco-Boscia

    President Barack Obama told disabled veterans in Atlanta on Monday that he was fulfilling a campaign promise by ending U.S. combat operations in Iraq “on schedule,” by Aug. 31.

    But the timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops in Iraq was decided during the Bush administration with the signing of the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) by U.S. and Iraq officials on Nov. 16, 2008. The Iraqi parliament signed SOFA on Nov. 27, 2008.

    The agreement, which had been in negotiations since 2007, set a timetable calling for most U.S. troops to leave Iraqi towns and cities by June 30, 2009, with about 50,000 troops left in place until the final withdrawal of all U.S. military forces by Dec. 31, 2011.

  • Chrisie

    Not only out of Iraq, but out of every damn country that American forces are in. If these idiots want to continue to kill each other let them do it without further risking the lives of our servicemen and women. Enough is enough. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!

  • securitygirl

    About DAMN time

  • Obamination

    Now only if Obama can end his Presidency?

    • Billy Mays

      You are a Dbag.

      • Tom Owens

        I Will Second That!!!

    • DarthEVaderCheney

      I think you need to be ‘visited’… by men in black uniforms! If we never hear from you again, best wishes!

  • Bob

    Where will they find a job ?

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