Last Saturday, the US took the next step in the process of leaving Iraq. The Marines handed off their responsibilities in Anbar Province to the Army and prepared to leave the country. This is part of the programmed phase withdrawl from the country, consolidating functions so they can be handed back to the Iraqi government without losing anything.
Most troops will leave after the March 7 parliamentary election. All but 50,000 troops will be gone by Aug. 31, 2010,
This is part of the existing U.S.-Iraqi security pact, but a little later than the timeline promised by Pres Bush. I’m just glad they’re leaving.