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Obama: Iraq War is over
President Barack Obama (Source: CNN)
Iraqi tank crewmen from 1st Company, 2nd Regiment, 34th Brigade, 9th Iraqi Army take a few moments to rest after a day of M1A1 live-fire training at the Besmaya Combat Training Center on Sept. 27. (Source: Spc. Timothy Koster/DVIDS)
Thursday, August 28 2014 8:04 PM EDT2014-08-29 00:04:37 GMT
According to the Jones County Sheriff's Department, two 17-year-olds have been charged with murder for the death of Timothy Brian Williamson, 44. Deputies received a call Wednesday night about a fightMore >>
According to the Jones County Sheriff's Department, two 17-year olds have been charged with murder for the death of Timothy Brian Williamson, 44.More >>
Thursday, August 28 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-08-28 17:25:47 GMT
Jones County Assistant District Attorney J. Ronald Parrish announced Thursday that he is resigning. Parrish said he is devoting the next two months to his Circuit Court Judge campaign. He said he enjoyedMore >>
Jones County Assistant District Attorney J. Ronald Parrish announced Thursday that he is resigning.More >>
Thursday, August 28 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-08-28 17:26:05 GMT
This is a news release from the office of Judge Hollis McGehee Special Judge Hollis McGehee has scheduled a status conference and hearing for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, in the Circuit Court CourtroomMore >>
Special appointed Judge Hollis McGehee said he will file a scheduling order for the Chris McDaniel vs. Thad Cochran trial by the end of this week. More >>
Thursday, August 28 2014 5:12 PM EDT2014-08-28 21:12:18 GMT
This is a news release from the State Auditor's Office JACKSON - Circuit Judge Billy Joe Landrum of the 18th Circuit Court District has not been following state law in administering a Jones County CommunityMore >>
Circuit Judge Billy Joe Landrum of the 18th Circuit Court District has not been following state law in administering a Jones County Community Services Program for offenders coming through his court, according to the State Auditor's Office. Landrum created the program in 1997 and has managed the account since 2005.More >>
Thursday, August 28 2014 10:18 AM EDT2014-08-28 14:18:06 GMT
A former Lamar County Sheriff's deputy and Hattiesburg police sergeant is now facing a multi-count indictment. Averal "Junior" Burnett, 47, has been indicted on four counts of fondling, two counts ofMore >>
A former Lamar County Sheriff's deputy and Hattiesburg police sergeant is now facing a multi-count indictment.More >>
WASHINGTON (RNN) - President Barack Obama announced Friday the end of the war in Iraq, bringing to a close the armed conflict that has lasted nearly nine years.
"The U.S. is moving forward from a position of strength," Obama said. "The long war in Iraq will come to an end by the end of this year."
As the war draws to a close, Obama said that the nation's roughly 45,000 troops will leave the Middle Eastern nation before the new year.
"Across America, our service men and women will be reunited with their families," Obama said. "Today, I can say that our troops in Iraq will definitely be home for the holidays."
The president assured that Iraq had taken full responsibility for its security. From now on, he said, the relationship between the U.S. and Iraq will be a "normal relationship between sovereign nations."
During his speech from the White House briefing room, Obama spoke of new trade, commerce, culture and education ties between the U.S. and Iraq, which will "unleash the potential of the Iraqi people."
Obama said the U.S. will ask other nations to respect the sovereignty of Iraq. It will also continue discussions on how to help Iraq train and equip its forces.
"This will be a strong and enduring partnership," he said.
Friday's announcement fulfills a long-standing campaign promise from Obama, which will likely intensify the upcoming 2012 presidential election.
"As a candidate for president, I pledged to bring the war in Iraq to a responsible end," Obama reminded Americans at the beginning of his speech.
The president said he had, to this point, cut in half the number of troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"And make no mistake: It will continue to go down," Obama said.
The announcement also fulfilled an existing agreement between the U.S. and Iraq to have troops removed before year's end.
Only a negligible number of troops will remain in Iraq after withdrawal - about 150 left behind to help with weapons sales, according to CNN.
CNN also reports that the U.S. had hoped to leave more troops to help with security and training issues. However, talks broke down after a diplomatic cable alleging that U.S. troops had killed Iraqi children and other civilians was released by WikiLeaks.
As a result, Iraq has refused to grant legal immunity to U.S. troops, CNN reported.
The war in Iraq began on March 20, 2003. Nearly 1 million troops have served in the war, which has claimed the lives of nearly 4,500 U.S. troops.
Obama said he was proud of the success of all of American troops, saying it was now time to enlist returning troops to a new focus: Jobs.
"After a decade of war, the nation that we need to build - and the nation that we will build - is our own," Obama said.
However, the Senate killed a version of Obama's jobs bills Thursday, for the second time in two weeks.
Friday, August 29 2014 3:11 AM EDT2014-08-29 07:11:46 GMT
The Laurel Police Department has released its UCR statistics for the first six months of 2014. According to their Uniform Crime Reporting statistics, from January through June the department has had 689More >>
The Laurel Police Department has released its UCR statistics for the first six months of 2014. The report shows the city is down 8.4% in crime compared to last year. More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 2:00 AM EDT2014-08-29 06:00:08 GMT
A piece of Mississippi history, under water for more than 100 years, surfaced in the Pearl River in Monticello last weekend. Now it's at Turcotte Lab in Madison County. "This is a 14-foot cypress logMore >>
Last weekend, the Pearl River in Monticello receded just enough to reveal a wooden canoe that dates back more than 100 years. Here's a closer look at this fascinating Mississippi artifact.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 1:00 AM EDT2014-08-29 05:00:10 GMT
This is a news release from the Larry Stephenson Band The award-winning Larry Stephenson Band of Nashville, TN is proud to announce this Friday, August 29th, he and his band will be in concert at theMore >>
The award-winning Larry Stephenson Band of Nashville, TN is proud to announce this Friday, August 29th, he and his band will be in concert at the Petal Civic Center.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:03 AM EDT2014-08-29 04:03:56 GMT
This is a news release from The Center for Educational Reform Mississippi is one of seven states to earn a "C" on a new ranking and analysis from the Center for Education Reform (CER), School ChoiceMore >>
Mississippi is one of seven states to earn a "C" on a new ranking and analysis from the Center for Education Reform (CER), School Choice Today: Voucher Laws Across the States Ranking & Scorecard 2014, released today.More >>
Thursday, August 28 2014 11:40 PM EDT2014-08-29 03:40:58 GMT
Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree and Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee have a verbal throw-down about the upcoming Hattiesburg Tigers v. Laurel Tornadoes game this Friday. DuPree: "Well, I think it means moreMore >>
Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree and Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee have a verbal throw-down about the upcoming Hattiesburg Tigers v. Laurel Tornadoes game this Friday.More >>
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