Drawing Down Troops From Iraq

“As a candidate for President, I pledged to bring war in Iraq to a responsible end, so today I can report that, as promised, the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of the year”
— President Barack Obama, Oct 21, 2011

The Withdrawal

Current U.S. Military Status

Active in Iraq


The number of troops in Iraq has been reduced by 57% in just two months.

Nearly all 40,000 U.S. service members will be removed from Iraq by 2012.

Only 200 U.S. military personnel will remain to guard the American embassy in Baghdad and maintain a military relationship with the Iraqi Armed Forces.

Time Served

Women Service Members


Multiple Deployments

Number of Deployments

Deployment Time

From Spring 2007 to Summer 2008, active-duty Army combat tours were increased from 12 to 15 months.

Transition to Civilian Life


Mental Health

Although military divorce rates match those of civilians, the marriages of female troops were 3 times more likely to fail than those of males.



More than 2,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have already used the Department of Veterans Affairs’ homeless outreach program.

What Is Being Done To Help?

Through these initiatives and organizations, the U.S. government is committed to helping veterans:

VOW to Hire Heroes Act

The Yellow Ribbon Program

DCoE for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury


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