Leaving Iraq

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 8:57am

As U.S. Combat troops leave Iraq, questions about Iraq's security forces remain.

In Iraq this week there was a dichotomy of images. Joyful U.S. troops on their way home.

"We are going home, we are going home it's the end of our deployment and looking forward to reintegration back home with our families and our community," said Sergeant Doss.

And scenes of those who will never see families again…

Eyewitness Mohammed Jasim said, "What crime have those people committed? It is the government's mistake, which is unable to protect people," about a suicide blast at an Army recruitment drive which killed at least 61 on Tuesday. A reminder of how vulnerable Iraq's security forces still are just weeks before the U.S. combat mission ends there.

U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Christopher Hill said, "The problems of that country are severe but the potential is very great."

On Tuesday, Hill and the White House insisted the drawdown is on track.

"The role of U.S. troops has now appropriately shifted from combat operations to an advise-and-assist role," said Hill.

Fifty thousand American troops will remain to train Iraqi security forces.

U.S. Army Colonel John Norris said, "It represents the end of a chapter seven years of war and operation Iraqi Freedom."

But for some here, it hardly looks like the war is over.

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