The Iraq Drawdown
Today the mission of U.S. forces in Iraq changed from a combat mission under Operation Iraqi Freedom to a stability operations mission now referred to as Operation New Dawn. In addition, General Lloyd Austin assumed command of United States Forces-Iraq from General Ray Odierno. President Obama addressed the nation on Tuesday evening where he praised U.S. troops for their service and vowed that the progress earned in Iraq would not be squandered. ISW has created a new map of Iraq which illustrates the locations of the six remaining Advise and Assist Brigades and where they will be headquartered.