“I have made it clear to the Iraqi people that we pursue no bases, and
no claim on their territory or resources. Iraq's sovereignty is its
own. And that's why I ordered the removal of our combat brigades by
next August. That is why we will honor our agreement with Iraq's
democratically elected government to remove combat troops from Iraqi
cities by July, and to remove all of our troops from Iraq by 2012,” -
statement from President Obama on June 5, 2009.