Even as President Barack Obama on Friday promised to end the combat mission in Iraq in 18 months, he and others — from his defense chief to powerful lawmakers — danced around some of the specifics about dates and troop numbers.
"As we carry out this drawdown, my highest priority will be the safety and security of our troops and civilians in Iraq." But even with the end of the combat mission, which would come nearly three months later than Obama pledged during his presidential campaign, a U. force numbering between 35,000 to 50,000 will stay behind in non-combat roles, with the final troops not slated to leave until Dec. "Our enemies should be left with no doubt: This plan gives our military the forces and the flexibility they need to support our Iraqi partners, and to succeed," the president said.The northern border areas near Iran and Turkey are mountainous and experience cold, harsh winters, while the west is mostly desert.The differences in climate have influenced the economies of the various areas and ethnic groups, especially since a large part of the economy used to be agriculturally based. The estimated Iraqi population for 2000 is 22,675,617 people.The second-largest cultural group is the Kurds, who are in the highlands and mountain valleys of the north in a politically autonomous settlement.The Kurds occupy the provinces of As Sulaymaniyah, Dahuk and Irbil, the area of which is commonly referred to as Kurdistan. Iraq, in the Middle East, is 168,754 square miles (437,073 square kilometers), which is comparable to twice the size of Idaho.Totally Free to Place Profile and connect with hundreds of thousands of military singles and admirers!