U.S. President Barack Obama met with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki at the White House. At a joint press conference, the U.S. leader told reporters about ending the war in Iraq. According to him, the U.S. troops leave the territory of the country by December 31, 2011., Reports Reuters.

“We want the Iraqi people know that he has a strong partner in the United States of America,” - said Mr. Obama. After the press conference the two leaders visited the Arlington National Cemetery to lay a wreath on the grave of the Unknown Soldier, and then listened to the hymns and the U.S. in Iraq.

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 people.

Despite the bitter experience of fighting in Iraq, in August 2011. Barack Obama ordered the creation of the Agency for the Prevention of Atrocities (Atrocities prevention board), which will monitor the potential for large-scale acts of violence around the world. Already compiled a list of 33 countries in which human rights are particularly at risk.

The most difficult things in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Myanmar, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan and Sri Lanka - they are united in a “red team”. The Panel recommends that the prevention of genocide to those States pressure and send peacekeeping missions there.

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