Merkley Statement on Withdrawal of American Troops from Iraqi Cities

Washington D.C. – Today marks the official withdrawal
of American soldiers from Iraqi cities and the transition of military
operations to Iraqi authorities. Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released
the following statement:

“Today is an important
milestone in a war that has lasted six long years.  American forces are
withdrawing from Iraqi towns and cities and handing over authority to the Iraqi
people to provide their own security to their citizens.  I have long
advocated for this war to come to an end and to bring our troops home safely
and swiftly.  We should never have begun this war, but today is an
important step to restoring our reputation abroad and seeing our sons and
daughters return home to their families.”