When President Obama took office, there were 144,000 troops in Iraq. By the end of August, there will be 50,000 left.
Yesterday, the President said combat missions are ending. As the U.S. pulls back – and eventually out – of Iraq, we’re reflecting on the meaning of that toil, sacrifice, service and bloodshed. What it means for regular Iraqis, and for the armed forces who gave much, and lost comrades.
Tom Ashbrook guides this discussion between Anthony Shadid, David Finkel, and Matt Gallagher.