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{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||$N=Use dmy dates |date=__DATE__ |$B= }} {{#invoke:Infobox military conflict|main}} The withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Iraq began in December 2007 with the end of the Iraq War troop surge of 2007 and was completed by December 2011, bringing an end to the Iraq War. The number of U.S. military forces in Iraq peaked at 170,300 in November 2007.

The withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Iraq was a contentious issue in the United States for much of the 2000s. As the war progressed from its initial invasion phase in 2003 to a nearly decade-long occupation, American public opinion shifted towards favoring a troop withdrawal; in May 2007, 55% of Americans believed that the Iraq War was a mistake, and 51% of registered voters favored troop withdrawal.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> In late April 2007 Congress passed a supplementary spending bill for Iraq that set a deadline for troop withdrawal but President Bush vetoed this bill, citing his concerns about setting a withdrawal deadline.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> The Bush Administration later sought an agreement with the Iraqi government, and in 2008 George W. Bush signed the U.S.–Iraq Status of Forces Agreement. It included a deadline of 31 December 2011, before which "all the United States Forces shall withdraw from all Iraqi territory".<ref name="President Bush Whitehouse Website">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref name="U.S. Department of State">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref name="Fox News">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> The last U.S. troops left Iraq on 18 December 2011, in accordance with this agreement.<ref name="heraldsun.com.au">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref name="President Bush Whitehouse Website"/><ref name="U.S. Department of State"/> US Forces, in the form of air support, resumed operations in Iraq in June 2014, to defend it against ISIS.


Withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq sections
Intro  Background  Formulation of Withdrawal Plans  Withdrawal  See also  References  Further reading  External links  

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