Last fall, coalition forces began to turn over major military bases in Iraq to the Iraqi Security Forces.
Today marks the second major step towards fulfilling our obligations under the Status of Forces Agreement that has all combat troops out of Iraq by 2011. Today, the last bases inside the cities of Iraq will be turned over or closed. Today is one step closer to a free and sovereign Iraq.
It is not a day without trepidation. Many Iraqis worry that the security forces will be up to the task of securing their safety. Some most likely worry that the simmering crisis in Iran will boil over, and refugees will spill over into an Iraq just barely beginning to come out of a al-qaeda inflamed sectarian crisis.
If you pray, pray for the people of Iraq, that peace and freedom may come quickly.