In his first visit to a military base since becoming commander in chief, President Obama made a huge announcement at Camp Lejeune Friday. The end of the Iraq war is in sight. "Let me say this as plainly as I can, by August 31st 2010, our combat mission in Iraq will end,” President Obama proclaimed Friday while at Lejeune. Marines, veterans and their families waited in anticipation for their Commander in Chief to make a monumental announcement. “It was a big honor to receive him. I know everyone who was in there was excited to hear him first hand,” said Marine Nathan O’Hara. President Obama said the end of the combat mission means the beginning of a transitional force. Many of the 142,000 troops stationed in Iraq will head home by 2010; 35,000 to 50,000 will remain to train, equip and advise Iraqi troops. The President's plan has all U.S. Forces home by the end of 2011. Mr. Obama's exit strategy includes building a diplomatic future across the Middle East including fighting Al Queda in Afghanistan. The President's remarks weren't all about the war. He said taking care of our military members once they're home is a top priority. Next month marks the six-year anniversary of the war in Iraq. President Obama said now, marks the beginning of the end.
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