BAGHDAD – After nine years of attendance, 4,500 soldiers killed, 32,000 injured and more than $ 800 billion spent, the U.S. officially ended with the official Iraq war, in the presence of the Secretary of State for Defence Leon Panetta.
In a symbolic ceremony in which the flag of the U.S. forces had been withdrawn, Leon Panetta assured that this war was worth the price of blood and money for leading Iraq on the path to democracy.
“You will leave with great pride, a pride sustainable,” said Leon Panetta to the soldiers, who arrived in the morning in Baghdad. “Certain to know that your sacrifice has helped the Iraqi people to hunt tyranny and offered the hope of peace and prosperity for future generations of this country.”
“We have shed much blood here. But that was not in vain. It was to complete the mission to make this country a sovereign and independent and able to govern and secure,” he added.
Several U.S. officials of diplomacy, defense and the military attended the ceremony.
Two U.S. bases and about 4,000 soldiers were still in Iraq, against 500 military installations and up to 170,000 people at the height of the war, under the presidency of George Bush in 2007.