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  •  Define combat engagement (5+ / 0-)
    But these contractors are bodyguards.  They are not going to be engaging in combat.

    If someone attacks U.S. State department personnel, they're going to engage the attackers. Unless, of course, they initiate it on civilians like, say, in Nisour Square?

    Yes, they're not going out on military patrols like the U.S. troops did, but then the U.S. troops had stopped doing that on August 31, 2010.

    ABC: Obama: 'By Aug. 31, 2010, Combat Mission in Iraq Will End'

    "America's men and women in uniform have fought block by block, province by province, year after year, to give the Iraqis this chance to choose a better future. Now, we must ask the Iraqi people to seize it," he said.

    "Let me say this as plainly as I can: By Aug. 31, 2010, our combat mission in Iraq will end," Obama said, triggering applause from the Marines.

    If not engaging in combat defines the end of the war, then the war ended a year ago last August.

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