Biden Announces Troop Withdrawal During Indianapolis Speech

Vice President Joe Biden was in Indianapolis Monday morning to announce the withdrawal of all American combat troops from Iraq .

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Vice President Joe Biden was in Indianapolis Monday morning to announce the withdrawal of all American combat troops from Iraq.

Speaking at the National Convention of the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars, Biden said the 50,000 remaining troops will be focusing their mission on helping Iraqis stay self-reliant.

Biden, says the remaining troops will be armed and are still ready to fight if needed to, but will take on more of a support role.

“Their mission has changed,” Biden said. “They are now there to help Iraqis help themselves.”

Biden also spoke about the war in Afghanistan, and reiterated his support of General Petraeus and his efforts to defeat the Taliban.”

“General Petraeus is working tirelessly to strengthen the Afghan Security forces, which is a daunting undertaking,” Biden stressed.

One Indiana veteran in attendance, Herb Mullen, fought in Vietnam, and served in the National Guard during the Iraqi occupation from 2005-07. He’s glad the troops are coming home, but says he hopes the troop withdraw is the right decision.

“I think it’s wonderful that they feel the situation has stabilized to where they can bring the guys back home,” Mullen said.

Dan Goldblatt

Dan Goldblatt is the Multi-media Producer for WFIU/WTIU News. A graduate of Indiana University, he studied journalism and anthropology. He currently lives in Bloomington with his cat, June Carter.

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