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CORRESPONDENTMartin SmithCO-PRODUCED BYLinda HirschWRITTEN AND PRODUCED BYMartin SmithNEWSCASTER: The last American combat brigade has begun leavingthe country—MARTIN SMITH, Correspondent: [voice-over] It was late 2011 when American troops finally left Iraq.NEWSCASTER: For U.S. soldiers, the war in Iraq has come to an end.MARTIN SMITH: After eight long years, the war seemed like it was over.NEWSCASTER: The last U.S. soldier is out of Iraq!MARTIN SMITH: Iraq’s leaders said they were ready to go it alone. Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki flew to Washington to mark the occasion.LAITH KUBBA, Fmr. Iraq Government Spokesman: It was a moment of optimism. There was a sense of pride that the occupying forces really left. And a lot of Iraqis—Sunnis and Shias—were responding positively to that.Pres. BARACK OBAMA: Today, I’m proud to welcome Prime Minister Maliki, the elected leader—MICHAEL GORDON, The New York Times: Both sides presented it asa victory. Maliki presented it as a great accomplishment—Iraq would stand on its own two feet. President Obama talked about this new democratic Iraq.
Pres. BARACK OBAMA: What we have now achieved is an Iraq that isself-governing, that is inclusive and that has enormous potential.MARTIN SMITH: [on camera] President Obama gives a very rosy picture of where things are. What’d you think?ALI KHEDERY, Sr. Advisor, U.S. Embassy, Baghdad, 2003-09: As somebody who voted for President Obama, I was deeply disappointed because I knew those words were going to go back and haunt him.Pres. BARACK OBAMA: Thank you very much, everybody.HOSHYAR ZEBARI, Iraq Foreign Minister, 2003-14:It was at that trip, actually, when things started to go astray.MARTIN SMITH: [voice-over] What happened was that while he was inWashington, Maliki received a phone call from Baghdad about a terrorist plot implicating his vice president, Tareq al Hashemi, the mostsenior Sunni politician in the Shia-led government. It accused Hashemi’s bodyguards of planning an attack on Shia targets.HOSHYAR ZEBARI: We were at the Blair House, I recall. Maliki—he was fiddling with his phone. He said, “Well, some guards of Tariq Hashemi, the vice president, have been monitoring our compound, and they have been arrested.”MARTIN SMITH: Maliki relayed the news to President Obama.HOSHYAR ZEBARI: I think the president’s response was, “Well, every country has its own rules, its own law, and the rule of law should be applied.”MARTIN SMITH: [on camera] How did Maliki interpret what the president told him?HOSHYAR ZEBARI: I think he interpreted this may be some support ofany future actions.
VALI NASR, Dean, Johns Hopkins, Adv. Intl. Studies: The response hegot from the president was that this is an internal Iraqi affair. And that, to Maliki, was a green light in terms of what he can do with the Sunnis because the United States is not going to stand in his way.

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