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Oct 21, 2011 10:31 PM by Shawn Kline

Obama: "troops in Iraq will come home at the end of the year"

"As promised, the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home at the end of the year."

President Obama confirming all American troops will be pulled out of Iraq by year's end.

Friday's announcement ends months of debate over whether the United States would maintain a force in the country to help train Iraqis. There are currently almost 40-thousand American service personnel in Iraq.
Their departure allows President Obama to keep a campaign promise to end the war but not everyone agrees with the President's decision.

Anthony Bellard for example:

"The rocket comes out of the ground and hits the vehicle right at its weakest point of the armor," Bellard said of an improvised explosive that killed his son, Nicholas.

"The very people we are training to help us are turning on us," Bellard said of Iraq.

He says pulling the troops from Iraq now may be too soon.
In June, Staff Sergeant Nicholas Bellard was still gathering information on terrorist groups, almost a year after the last combat troops left Iraq.

"If you don't know where your enemy is and you don't know what they're up to, the next thing you know they'll be at your front door," Bellard said.

"Today, I can say our troops in Iraq will definitely home for the holidays," President Obama said.

For Bellard and his family, this announcement came four months too late. However, he says Nicholas knew the job; it was to fight, train and gather intelligence to keep his family safe at home.

"They want to do what they could to stop terrorists." Bellard says, "and they're there. The (terrorists) are there."



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