The last U.S. convoy crossed the Iraqi/Kuwait border at sunrise on Sunday. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a Shi’a Muslim, didn’t waste any time, issuing an arrest warrant for Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, a Sunni, accusing him of terrorism. Earlier Maliki called for a no-confidence motion against another Sunni politician, Deputy Prime Minister Salem al-Mutlag.
Hashemi and Mutlag are leaders of Iraq’s Sunni Iraqiya political block, part of a coalition with the Iraqi government . The Iraqiya block walked out of Parliament on Saturday, accusing Malaki of seizing power.
As the last U.S. troops left Iraq, ending the war in Iraq, Sunni citizen were celebrating the end of the occupation in Fallujah, burning U.S. flags. President Obama during his speech at Fort Bragg, NC, marking the end of the Iraq war, said that the end of the Iraq war means the future of Iraq is in the hands of the Iraqi people.
Senior military commanders wanted 20-40,000 troops to remain in Iraq to ensure stability in the country. The United States would or could not negotiate a treaty that
would have exempted U.S. troops from being tried by Iraqi law. Critics maintain that a little effort by the Administration could have produced such a treaty.
Commanding General Lloyd Austin and his staff, including the colors, arrived back from Iraq this morning. President Obama and Vice President Biden were in attendance. The President handed out presidential coins to the returning troops.
The United States paid a high price for the war with close to 4500 soldiers killed in Iraq, while 32,000 were wounded in action. Close to $1 Trillion were spend on the war.
The region is volatile, especially with the Iran’s intend to produce a nuclear weapon. Iraq also borders on Syria and Turkey. U.S. military commanders contend that enough U.S. troops are in the region to respond to a crisis.