Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki announced the December 31 national holiday, reports Associated Press. “This is a day of Iraq and all Iraqis,” - said the prime minister at a ceremony in the sports complex in Baghdad. - “This day in front of us a glimmer of a new dawn, and our country gained its freedom.”

On Saturday, December 31, 2011. Has expired agreement of 2008, which determined the length of stay of U.S. troops in Iraq. The last American soldier left Iraq for 18 December.

“This success is not a single party, but all the Iraqi people. Our struggle against the dark forces of terrorism is not over yet, but I’m sure - we will win”, - said the prime minister of an Arab state.

The war in Iraq began in March 2003. When the units of the armed forces of the United States and Britain invaded the Persian Gulf with the aim of overthrowing the regime of Saddam Hussein. This task they failed quickly: April 9, 2003. Coalition forces took Baghdad. At the same time in two months of the war in London and Washington lost a little over 170 soldiers. But then grew into a guerrilla war and the loss of the U.S. Army has increased significantly, and the situation has not improved even after the capture and execution of Saddam Hussein in 2006.

By the end of August 2010. the main contingent of U.S. troops from Iraq was launched. There were about 50 thousand soldiers from the U.S. to train and support local security forces.

During the war, the U.S. Army lost 4481 soldiers, 30 thousand more were wounded. Loss of Iraqis are struggling to calculate according to various estimates, from the action of the occupying forces and the wave of terrorist attacks killed 500 thousand to 1.1 million civilians. The country is in dire situation and highlight to the collapse. In the north, a claim of independence all the more vocal the Kurds in the center and south do not stop the confrontation between Sunnis and Shiites.

1 January 2012 | army, baghdad, country, december, holiday, iraq, prime minister

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