First U.S. Troops Leave Iraq In Surge Drawdown

September 29th, 2007 Posted By Pat Dollard.

13th MEU on exercise


The first US military unit scheduled to withdraw from Iraq under President George W. Bush’s plan to cut troop levels has left the war zone.

the president approved a plan from his top commander in Iraq to gradually reduce the US force by 20,000 to 30,000 by mid-2008.

Bush said improved security made the cuts possible.

Captain Pamela Marshall, a military spokeswoman in Washington, said the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, a group of 2,200 Marines who were stationed in western Anbar province, had boarded a naval vessel and begun the trip home.

A brigade combat team, which normally includes about 4,000 troops, is expected to leave Iraq in mid-December followed by four other brigade combat teams and two Marine battalions.

The US force now totals about 165,000 in Iraq.

12 Responses

  1. Mike F

    A job well done! God bless them all!

  2. Ranger

    Job well done boys. :beer: :beer:

  3. Jim

    Welcome home Fighting 13th :beer: :beer: :beer:

  4. Kurt(the infidel)

    Welcome home to the heroes! job well done boys :beer:

  5. Dan2

    :mrgreen: :cool: :mrgreen:


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  7. Irish Gal

    Couldn’t be prouder :beer: :beer:

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  9. CJWarner

    I must have missed the Democrat-backed legislation that made this drawdown possible. Oh, there wasn’t any.

  10. Sandy K.

    It is always great to see our own come home after a job well done!
    They are all heroes and have our respect and thanks for their service. :cool: Cheers for the fighting 13th!

  11. LftBhndAgn

    WELCOME HOME! :beer:

  12. Clyde Conneer

    Well done, get some rest. We love our warriors. OohRAH!

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