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Online resources explaining the Iraq troop withdrawal

Monday, August 30, 2010 | 1:32 p.m. CDT; updated 7:12 p.m. CDT, Monday, August 30, 2010

Missourian editors have compiled the following online resources including timelines, articles and tweets about the Iraq war and the troop withdrawal from Iraq. If you know of other helpful links, mention them in a comment.

  • The New York Times compares the overall costs incurred by the United States among the wars it has fought, including the Iraq War.
  • NewsPulse from CNN.com highlights with an article and video Vice President Joe Biden’s trip to Iraq, which marks the end of the U.S. combat mission in the country.
  • Readers may find a comparison of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars through the Wall Street Journal’s website, which examines the amount of casualties since the March 2003 invasion.
  • The Missourian features an Aug. 19 article from the Associated Press about the last U.S. combat brigade heading home.
  • An interactive timeline is available at the New York Times that allows readers to click on a link for a given year and view the major events that took place.
  • 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin tweeted an article in “The Weekly Standard” criticizing President Barack Obama, saying that he is only trying to fulfill campaign promises and not seeking what is in the best interest of America.
  • Obama tweeted and thanked the troops who have served in Iraq and said how he is fulfilling the campaign promise of ending the Iraq War on time.
  • In addition to talking about the difficulties of withdrawing troops, this blog lists the number of troops in Iraq through different points in the war.
  • This article in the Washington Post tries to dispel myths about Iraq troop withdrawal.
  • This article on the New York Times’ Facebook page talks about how Obama has learned through his time as president how to be a better commander in chief.
  • Family members reflect on the soldiers that will not be returning home from the Iraq War — those that lost their lives in service. Photo essays by Media Storm.
  • This American Life takes a look back to 2001, when America was trying to understand what a war in Iraq would mean for Americans.
  • Obama said that the drawdown in Iraq is nearing its end, as he had promised one year ago, as seen on CNN politics.
  • Reuters reported for five years on the war in Iraq. Looking back at the dangers of the Iraq War for journalists, Reuters discusses what coverage of the war means for bringing about change through an informed public. 
  • Vimeo hosts a video, “Responsibly Ending the War in Iraq." In this video, Obama gave his first speech where he promised the beginning of the end of the war in Iraq.
  • MSNBC Nightly News Report looks at the dangers of the war in Iraq, and the deaths which have occurred since the war has been called to an end.
  • BBC news reports with a timeline of conflict in Iraq, up until the current U.S invasion.

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