Military, families celebrate end of US troops in Iraq

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Submitted: Sat, 10/22/2011 - 3:56am
Updated: Sat, 10/22/2011 - 12:26pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The war in Iraq will soon be over. The White House announced today that all but 150 US troops in Iraq will be home by the end of the year. President Obama says they’ll actually be home a bit sooner than that.

“Here at home, the coming months will be another season of homecomings,” Mr. Obama said. “Across america, our service men and women will be reunited with their families. Today I can say that our troops in Iraq will definitely be home for the holidays.”

The announcement that troops are coming home from Iraq by January 1 was great news for all Americans, especially those service members at North Carolina’s National Guard.

“This is a great opportunity for the families especially,” Maj. Sean Moser said. “The community is going to be glad to get their soldiers back, and we think that’s a great thing.”

Since September 11, 2001, more than 18,000 troops have deployed to Iraq from North Carolina’s National Guard.

Maj. Moser from the 30th Brigade 120th Combined Arms Battalion has been a part of Operation Desert Shield, Desert Storm and served two tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Friday Moser echoed President Obama’s message that American forces along with allied Iraqis have accomplished much in that country.

“The iraqis have met their goal,” Moser said. “They are self sustaining. They are capable of defending their country by themselves. That is a great achievement. They have worked very hard, and so have our soldiers.”

The 30th Brigade is steeped in tradition. Some of its units date back to the Civil War. In the 21st century, it has seen its share of Iraq.

Moser says although he is excited about Friday’s announcement, he says he is not surprised.

“We’ve expected it, though, because the president has set a timeline,” Moser said. “He’s the commander and chief, and we’ve met the objectives and goals that have been set.”

Moser also says that just because the war in Iraq is over, that does not mean the US military’s overall mission in that nation is complete.


  • Guest9743 says:

    Whether Obama gets re-elected or not is not important to me, what is important is the troops are finally coming home and leaving that hell-hole over there. I served in Viet Nam so I KNOW what war is like!!

  • ILM NATIVE says:

    Oduma is bringing them home is to bolster his poll numbers so he can get reelected, BUT I hope all can come home ASAP…

  • Guest2012 says:

    Geez! Are YOU kidding me?

    How did you serve our Great Nation and fail to see that the President has done nothing but offer one FAILED Policy initiative after another.

    Want me to LIST them ALL???

    I don’t have that kind of time.

    American Presidents cannot get it ALL right, ALL the TIME, but they should be TRYING to get MOST OF IT RIGHT, most of the time, like President Bush, Clinton, Bush etc.

    Black guy!!! geez, YOU are the one to “get over it”. Racists are the ones who CALL other people “racists”, ya know?

    Tell me WHY Herman Cain is LEADING in the Republican Polls. Ain’t he a MAN of COLOR?

  • Guest2020 says:

    I’m no fan of Bush and didn’t vote for him at all. He wasn’t conservative enough for me and I certainly didn’t vote for Obama. I just get tired of Obama blaming Bush for all of the problems and I don’t think Obama should be given credit where credit isn’t due.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    Pal, I’m about as conservative a Libertarian as you can find. I voted for Bush twice, oppose everything Obama and his Socialist cockroaches stand for, but also spent twenty-two years of my life studying and fighting war.

    George Bush had absolutely no desire to ever try winning a war in Iraq (or Afghanistan). I was a big supporter of both endeavors until it became apparent that we had no idea what we were doing and had no plans for an end-game. The ROE in force when Bush left office prove that he had no intention of destroying the enemy and his will to fight. He was treading water because he had no stomach for the slaughter required to win and therefore had no idea what to do.

    As I posted a while back, there is an especially hot spot in hell for Johnson and McNamara, and I’m sure that Bush and Rumsfeld will eventually arrive there.

  • Guest238 says:

    What? No one has anything bad to say about the President bringing the troops home? Nonsense, where are you and Guest 7969? I’m very disappointed that we have no inane comments or capital letters on this board.

  • Mike T says:

    tune in politic nation msnbc at 6 pm, this is going to be real entertainment. Like him or hate him the President fullfills is agenda. What a change from Bush. Hey Democrats lets have an occupy,Occupy the voting booth!!

  • Guest2012 says:


  • Guestfmsfm says:

    Him, Guesty, and Commonsense have been at the Occupy Wilmington protests all week.

  • Peyton Garrett says:

    I will believe it when I see My oldest son not deploy this time. This will be His 7th. Got home the first of the year and goes back. He asked why. No clue. My kid has made a career out of the Military. 6 years in the Navy, 9-11 and re-enlist into the Army. A true gem of a young Man. He ain’t worried, that’s His job. I worry. I guess He can go to Afghanistan again. Obama and His socialist wanabees can kiss My A**. I don’t put it all on Our current President . Just do not mislead young men and women. And please don’t lie to the American public. It is time for some major change, common sense change. The same old rhetoric just don’t cut it anymore.

  • Guest9743 says:

    Even though you seem to hate the fact that the President is bringing the troop home and hopefully bringing an end to the war in Iraq….there are those of us who do appreciate it. I thank God they’re coming home and I’m sure there are countless others that are also thankful because we are tired of seeing our young men a women being injured and killed in Iraq regardless of who sent them over there. I’m not sure what lie you’re referring to but this President promised to bring the troops home and he is keeping/has kept that promise….the other comment you made was very uncalled for and shows your low level of intelligence, I’m surprised WWAY would even print something like that.

  • Guest2020 says:

    I’m with you. I’ll believe it when I see it. If that is the plan then why is he still deploying troops. My cousin just left for his fifth tour in Iraq.

  • Mumofthree says:

    We should be thanking President Obama for finally giving the order that will get our troops out of Iraq. The 30th Brigade will be home
    for the holidays. This is wonderful news!

    Thank you Mr. President!

  • Guest2020 says:

    Obama is always blaming Bush for his own shortcomings, but when something comes along that is actually a positive result of Bush’s administration, Obama just simply takes credit. If the troops do get to come home it is due to the SOFA (U.S.–Iraq Status of Forces Agreement) was signed by U.S. President George W. Bush on December 14, 2008.

    So please, give the credit where it is due and thank Bush if the troops do get to come home.

  • guesty says:

    It would be as a counter protester. If they want some of my money, come rake the leaves in the yard. You don’t get it just because you have mastered the ability to breathe and bang a drum.

  • guesty says:

    If any of us were there it would only be to counter protest the ‘gimme’ crowd.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    The make-believe play wars were both lost before Obama came into office. Perhaps one day our national leadership will discover that third-party led counterinsurgencies don’t succeed, that nations fight wars against nations (not groups of people within nations) and that you don’t start a war that you have no intention of winning.

    Maybe one day…..but I doubt it…..because Obama believes that we somehow belonged in the Libya insurgency and now, in Central Africa.

    Republican or Democrat, they have no concept of what the military is for or how to use it.

  • Unbelievable says:

    Fullfill his agenda?? His presidency has been a total joke. I feel like his agenda has been a total downward spiral…. trillions in debt,the bailout was a disaster and unemployment is getting worse. I feel like we are doomed. What a sad time for america..

  • Guest702 says:

    Thank him for bringing them home…NOT.
    He isn’t bringing them home to fulfill his agenda, he is bringing them home because they threatened us. Pak. has also said if we go to war with afg…they will support them, not us. We are the ones who have supported them. The President actually planned to cut programs like Social Security, he never once thought to cut welfare to illegal immigrants, or the money that goes to aide Afghanistan. So no, he did not fill his “agenda”. He has put this country in danger once again, no hope, no change…well, one change, our country is at odds with each other…wow.

  • Ricky says:

    Ok there is a black guy in the White House…get over it….So does this mean we found the weapons of mass destruction????? Ive been there in uniform and all I saw was oil ships pulling in and leaving port everyday with the American flag flying….oh yeah get your facts straight. We are not going to war with Afganistan….

  • Peyton Garrett says:

    Why is My son being deployed at the end of the year, His sixth deployment. He was just recently informed. He has not been told any different as of this AM. Don’t believe everything that comes out of Washington. He is trying to figure out what they will be doing in Iraq. Twiddling their thumbs and having pot shots taken at them I suppose.

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