Friday, October 24th, 2014

Obama keeps his promise on getting combat troops out of Iraq

U.S. Army soldiers pose for a photo after crossing the border from Iraq into Kuwait on Aug. 16.
U.S. Army soldiers pose for a photo after crossing the border from Iraq into Kuwait on Aug. 16.

One of President Barack Obama's top promises during the 2008 campaign was to bring the war in Iraq to a close. A major step, he said, would be to get combat troops out of the country by about 16 months after taking office.

Obama went a few months over that 16-month timeline, but he accomplished the removal of combat brigades this week. Given the scope and complexity of the Iraq war, he's come close enough to fulfilling his promise that we're rating it a Promise Kept. Read the complete update for the history of Obama's promise to remove combat troops from Iraq.

We've also included this promise on our list of Obama's top 25 most significant promises. Those promises now stand at 11 In the Works; 6 Promise Kept; 4 Compromise; 3 Stalled and 1 Promise Broken.