Pentagon: Iraq withdrawal on target
A convoy of Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles is lined up in a staging area and ready for departure on Contingency Operating Base Adder, Oct. 25. Daily convoys are carrying out more equipment as Operation New Dawn continues to draw down. (US Army photo)
November 3rd, 2011
05:56 PM ET

Pentagon: Iraq withdrawal on target

By Senior National Security Producer Charley Keyes

The 8-year war in Iraq is ending not with shock and awe but with clouds of dust and diesel exhaust, and the grinding gears of the big trucks pulling out hundreds of thousands of pieces of equipment.

The Pentagon said Thursday that the withdrawal is on schedule and that U.S. troop levels are now below 34,000, with less than two months to get the rest out.

Most U.S. personnel are airlifted out, primarily through Kuwait, but some directly to the United States. And the giant truck convoys are criss-crossing the map of Iraq, with each convoy a military operation and a logistical challenge.

"There's about 55 logistic convoys traveling the width and breadth of Iraq," Maj. Gen. Thomas Spoehr said about each day's operations. "That equates to about 1,650 trucks driven by brave men and women, both military and contractors."

Spoehr, who is the commanding general of U.S. forces in Iraq, was talking to journalists at the Pentagon Thursday afternoon via a video-link from the field.

And he predicted that most of the U.S. military will be out well before the New Years eve deadline, as CNN first reported in October.

"I think it is clear to me that by the time we get to about mid-December or so, the vast majority of the U.S. forces in Iraq we plan to have them withdrawn"

Despite major security improvements, dangers remain.

"This is not a rush to the exits," Spoehr said. "So it is a measured plan that ensures our continued force protection at every step of the operation."

That plan requires that each convoy be preceded by intelligence units and a military force clearing the road. Military forces accompany the convoys. "Then if they get in trouble then of course the U.S. forces ... stand behind them with all kinds of combat power and medical care should they need it."

Spoehr said that in 2006 and 2007 there were as many as 149 attacks a day in Iraq. Now that has declined to 14 a day. The convoys have been targeted with roadside bombs.

And the U.S. military, worried that too much information had been released earlier about pulling back from bases inside Iraq, is playing it close to the vest now.

"Our withdrawal plan, the numbers of troops per week and the bases that will transition is not being released, and we are doing that to ensure the protection of our service members." Spoehr explained.

He carefully walked past a question about whether the U.S. was beefing up U.S. troop levels in Kuwait as it was drawing down in Iraq, in order to be able to respond quickly to any emergency.

"I have no special information on that; I think those are the kinds of decisions that are made between the United States and the government of Kuwait and not at my level," Spoehr said.

The general said historians may have to look all the way back to World War II to see an operation of this scope, to the Red Ball Express, which saw hundreds of trucks rolling through Europe every day to keep U.S. forces supplied with gasoline in the weeks after the D-Day invasion in 1944.

"It is an immense operation," he said of what is happening every day in Iraq.

Some equipment is being left behind for Iraqis. And the U.S. military also is lending vehicles and reconnaissance systems to the State Department, now facing the prospect,in just eight weeks, of taking full responsibility for protection of American diplomats and aid workers.

Post by:
Filed under: Army • Iraq • Military • Pentagon • Security Brief
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Tyisha Krimple

    Hiya, I am really glad I've found this info. Today bloggers publish only about gossips and web and this is really irritating. A good site with exciting content, that's what I need. Thank you for keeping this web site, I will be visiting it. Do you do newsletters? Cant find it.

    https://www.electricpercolatorcoffeepot.com/10-top-coffee-bloggers/

    March 6, 2021 at 2:33 pm | Reply
  2. Mervin Puliafico

    What i don't realize is in reality how you are now not really much more neatly-preferred than you might be right now. You are very intelligent. You understand thus considerably in relation to this topic, produced me individually believe it from a lot of numerous angles. Its like women and men aren't involved unless it's something to do with Girl gaga! Your individual stuffs great. All the time care for it up!

    https://www.electricpercolatorcoffeepot.com/10-top-coffee-bloggers/

    March 6, 2021 at 2:12 pm | Reply
  3. Joanna Cusmano

    Thanks for the sensible critique. Me & my neighbor were just preparing to do a little research about this. We got a grab a book from our local library but I think I learned more from this post. I am very glad to see such excellent info being shared freely out there.

    https://www.electricpercolatorcoffeepot.com/10-top-coffee-bloggers/

    March 4, 2021 at 10:17 am | Reply
  4. Lesley Stedman

    Hello! I know this is kinda off topic but I'd figured I'd ask. Would you be interested in exchanging links or maybe guest authoring a blog post or vice-versa? My blog goes over a lot of the same topics as yours and I believe we could greatly benefit from each other. If you might be interested feel free to send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you! Great blog by the way!

    Proxyti.com/buy/200-private-proxies

    March 2, 2021 at 3:17 am | Reply
  5. ClarkClurn

    aqok8 99hfp 0yqu

    February 28, 2021 at 11:19 pm | Reply
  6. vreyro linomit

    Greetings! Very helpful advice on this article! It is the little changes that make the biggest changes. Thanks a lot for sharing!

    http://www.vreyrolinomit.com/

    February 26, 2021 at 7:45 am | Reply
  7. best Italian Orlando

    Really enjoyed this post. Thanks Again. Great

    https://www.orlandoweekly.com/orlando/christinis-ristorante-italiano/Location?oid=2292646

    February 18, 2021 at 8:06 am | Reply
  8. child porns

    child porns

    http://www.iskenderunescort.com

    February 16, 2021 at 7:29 am | Reply
  9. Barton Delaroca

    Get Our Passive Income System – Step 1: Get our ready made niche websites, Step 2: Setup your Paypal account. Step 3: Run our Unlimited Traffic System from 850 sources of traffic (Approximately 35000 views a day guaranteed). Then just wait and earn your income 100 on autopilot. More info: https://www.k3reviews.com/2020/08/16/monster-mode-700k/

    https://www.k3reviews.com/

    February 13, 2021 at 3:19 am | Reply
  10. https://europa-road.eu/

    Some truly quality content on this internet site, saved to bookmarks.

    https://europa-road.eu/

    February 9, 2021 at 4:53 am | Reply
  11. adana escort

    iskenderun escort bayanlarla tanışmak için bu siteyi ziyaret edebilirsiniz.

    http://www.cuba.tc/escort-kategori/adana-escort-bayan

    February 7, 2021 at 11:01 pm | Reply
  12. iskenderun escort

    iskenderun escort bayanlarla tanışmak için bu siteyi ziyaret edebilirsiniz.

    http://www.gu8.pw

    February 7, 2021 at 7:18 pm | Reply
  13. www.iskenderunescort.xyz

    iskenderun escort bayanlarla tanışmak için bu siteyi ziyaret edebilirsiniz.

    http://www.iskenderunescort.xyz

    February 7, 2021 at 12:06 am | Reply
  14. www.gu8.pw

    iskenderun escort bayanlarla tanışmak için bu siteyi ziyaret edebilirsiniz.

    http://www.gu8.pw

    February 6, 2021 at 10:21 pm | Reply
  15. Rosetta Caez

    Earn $200/Day With Our Passive Income System – Best Autopilot income system 2021

    https://warriorplus.com/o2/a/f543h/0

    February 6, 2021 at 5:42 am | Reply
  16. mersin escort

    esenyurt escort bayanar bu sitede üstelik hepsi ücretsiz...

    http://www.elitescorthatun.com/ad-category/mersin-escort/

    February 5, 2021 at 11:01 am | Reply
  17. iskenderun escort

    iskenderun escort bayanlarla tanışmak için bu siteyi ziyaret edebilirsiniz.

    http://www.iskenderunescort.xyz

    February 5, 2021 at 4:22 am | Reply
  18. malatya escort

    esenyurt escort bayanar bu sitede üstelik hepsi ücretsiz...

    http://www.cuba.tc/escort-kategori/malatya-escort-bayan

    February 4, 2021 at 1:26 pm | Reply
  19. Passive Income

    Earn 500 a Day With Our Passive Income System Doing These 3 Steps – Step 1: Get our ready made niche websites, Step 2: Setup your Paypal account. Step 3: Run our Unlimited Traffic System from our Free 850 sources of traffic (Approximately 35000 views a day guaranteed). Then in few hours you will start receiving payments without do nothing! More info: https://warriorplus.com/o2/a/gp8vk/0

    https://bitly.com/2qChAkX

    February 1, 2021 at 12:12 pm | Reply
  20. Renato Sanseda

    https://www.electricpercolatorcoffeepot.com/10-top-coffee-bloggers/

    January 28, 2021 at 10:04 pm | Reply
  21. Shaun Rabkin

    https://www.electricpercolatorcoffeepot.com/10-top-coffee-bloggers/

    January 28, 2021 at 10:00 pm | Reply
  22. Teisha Duropan

    Do you want get more social network traffic, likes, and retweets? SMM Supreme uses his own panel system to generate social media traffic to any website. Best Quality-Price Ratio on the market with 714928 orders until now. – Facebook Fan Page Likes: $4.50/1000 – Instagram Followers: $0.78/1000 – Youtube Views: $1.62/1000 – Twitter followers: $2.10/1000 – Paypal Deposit – Payeer Deposit – Automatic order processing – 30 minutes to send to customers

    https://bit.ly/3iOPatX

    January 27, 2021 at 12:35 am | Reply
  23. Audry Klukas

    Hi, i think that i saw you visited my web site thus i came to “return the favor”.I am attempting to find things to improve my website!I suppose its ok to use some of your ideas!!

    https://www.electricpercolatorcoffeepot.com/10-top-coffee-bloggers/

    January 21, 2021 at 4:52 am | Reply
  24. Fay Congress

    I¡¦ll immediately grab your rss as I can't to find your email subscription link or e-newsletter service. Do you have any? Kindly allow me know in order that I could subscribe. Thanks.

    https://www.electricpercolatorcoffeepot.com/10-top-coffee-bloggers/

    January 21, 2021 at 2:22 am | Reply
  25. Bryant Mosena

    https://www.electricpercolatorcoffeepot.com/10-top-coffee-bloggers/

    January 11, 2021 at 1:56 am | Reply
  26. Arturo Raker

    https://www.electricpercolatorcoffeepot.com/10-top-coffee-bloggers/

    January 11, 2021 at 1:10 am | Reply
  27. zortilonrel

    There is evidently a bundle to identify about this. I consider you made certain nice points in features also.

    http://www.zortilonrel.com/

    December 29, 2020 at 6:49 pm | Reply
  28. detectives privados en pozuelo

    detectives privados san javier

    https://www.argadetectives.com/detectives-merida.html

    December 11, 2020 at 9:25 pm | Reply
  29. John Brooks ( US Marines )

    Mr. Obama tell the truth. In his address to the nation .He said (All United States Forces will be out of Iraq) he did not say home for christmas. What is really going on is bthose 50,000+ US Forces are going to Afghanistan unles the the soldier is a short timer (5 months or less) then they will come home. What the hell is going on in Washington? More dead american troops in Afghanistan and a build up not a draw down. WAKE UP AMERICA, HE WANTS TO BE RELECTED AND DOES NOT GIVE A DAM ABOUT THE TROOPS.

    November 5, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Reply
  30. michaelfury

    http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2010/04/07/payback/

    November 4, 2011 at 8:48 am | Reply

Post a comment


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.