August 31st, 2010
11:05 AM ET

Al-Maliki marks U.S. end to Iraq combat mission in national address

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki proclaimed Iraq as "sovereign and independent" during a national address Tuesday to mark the official end of the U.S. combat mission in his country.

Al-Maliki praised the strides made by Iraqi security forces in fighting terrorism, attributing their efforts to making the U.S. drawdown possible. The combat mission formally ends at 5 p.m. ET.

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  1. NO-Afghan-attacked-America

    The Military Hawks and Imperialists minded policy makers were trying to divide Iraq into Sunni and Shai to make a great escape from the war, but failed. Now they are "trying" very hard to create hate between Afghans in Afghanistan before "withdrawal"..After interacting with Afghans in Afghanistan, you will realize Afghans are too smart to be fooled, the realized the Soviets, US and Pakistanis created a civil war in order to eliminate the soverignty of Afghanistan. This Afghans will prevent for sure this time, All we need to assure them is we will not interfere in their internal/external Policies and Afghans will prevent Afghanistan from being used against America- Afghans keep their word and will protect you at the cost of their lives if we Americans are honest and sincere with them. As we leave we ask for their friendship and promise not to instigate between Afghans. This will be a victory for America and Afghanistan and transformed in to an honest respectful friendship. If we destroy anything more before we leave Afghanistan, we will regret it as we did in early 2000.

    A strong AMERICAN AND AFGHAN Friendship (without imperialist mindset)!!!

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