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CODEPINK calls for true, complete end to six years of brutal war in Iraq

Troop withdrawal from cities does not go far enough

NEW YORK - While many worldwide are lauding an "end" to the Iraq War today,
as US troops may have largely moved out of most Iraqi cities,
CODEPINK Women for Peace
calls for a true, complete end to six years of
devastating occupation with a speedy withdrawal of all troops, ending
the use of military contractors, the dismantling of permanent bases,
and
fully transferring power to the Iraqi government. CODEPINK also urges
Americans to "Remind Obama" of his campaign promise to truly end this war.

According to the Status Of Forces Agreement (SOFA)
between the U.S.
and Iraq, all U.S. troops must be withdrawn from Iraqi cities by
today, June 30. It also gives the
Iraqi government jurisdiction to give permission to U.S. troops for
military operations and bans the U.S. from staging attacks on other
countries from Iraq. Thus, today, some Iraqis are celebrating the end of U.S. soldiers in their streets
and the open destruction of their homes, schools and infrastructure.

But the U.S. occupation of Iraq is far from over. A massive number of
troops -- more than 130,000 -- remain in Iraq in addition to more than
130,000 military contractors. Obama also plans to keep 50,000 military
personnel there past 2011. The strategy now is to encircle cities
including Baghdad (and those particularly to the north) with bases,
home to troops who will work inside the cities by day in various roles.
Some are given the mandate to train and assist Iraqi forces, however,
their numbers and continued presence will fuel further resistance and
violence, continuing to destabilize the region.
The Pentagon is dodging the SOFA principles, and Obama is still far
from fulfilling his promise.

We
look forward to the day when we can truly celebrate -- alongside the
Iraqi people -- an end to the U.S. occupation and the fulfillment of
our responsibility to help Iraqis rebuild the country we have so
destroyed.

 

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CODEPINK is a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, stop new wars, and redirect our resources into healthcare, education, green jobs and other life-affirming activities. CODEPINK rejects foreign policies based on domination and aggression, and instead calls for policies based on diplomacy, compassion and a commitment to international law. With an emphasis on joy and humor, CODEPINK women and men seek to activate, amplify and inspire a community of peacemakers through creative campaigns and a commitment to non-violence.

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