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June 30, 2009
Iraqis celebrate as U.S. forces pull out from cities

On Tuesday, American forces pulled out of Iraqi cities and towns and redeployed to military bases, in compliance with a security agreement made with the government. Withdrawal from the country is scheduled for 2011.

The day has been declared an official holiday in Iraq — “National Sovereignty Day.”

Even as parades celebrated the milestone, a deadly attack took place in the northern city of Kirkuk, where at least 27 people were killed. This is the latest in a string of attacks that have taken place over the last week, threatening the country’s security.

Michael O’Hanlon, a senior fellow in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution and one of the authors of the “Iraq Index,” joins Martin Savidge to discuss the withdrawal and it may mean for the future of Iraq.

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