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U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz (PA-13) released the following statement today after the U.S. military closed its headquarters in Iraq, marking the official end of the Iraq War. In 2008, Schwartz went to Iraq to personally meet the active duty soldiers and thank them for their service.
“After nearly nine years, the United States is concluding our role in the long and difficult conflict in Iraq. Our men and women in uniform have done a tremendous job protecting our national security, and I thank them for their service and commitment to our country.“We have seen great tragedy—with nearly 4,500 American deaths and tens of thousands more wounded—and the sacrifice of our troops and their families will not be forgotten as we begin a new chapter in U.S.-Iraqi relations.“The progress we have made in Iraq is significant. The United States has worked to bring democracy to a vital part of the world. We have successfully removed Saddam Hussein, Osama Bin Laden, and numerous other terrorist leaders from power. We will continue to work with and support the Iraqi people to maintain stability to the region.”