they will firmly defend the country against the threat of terrorism
BAGHDAD December 31 (Reporter Zhang Ning Wang Hongbin ) 31 Iraqis across the country held various activities to celebrate all U.S. troops from Iraq .
Thousands of people rally in Baghdad the day to celebrate this historic moment . Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said in a speech at the rally :
Maliki said the U.S. military withdrawal , the Iraqi people freed , they will firmly defend the country against the threat of terrorism , the government will mercilessly fight the forces supporting terrorist activities . He warned that some political forces do not have contact with terrorist organizations .
Maliki also said the government will work to enhance the ability of security forces , ready to meet all challenges.
Accordance with the 2008 Ibero-American Status of Forces Agreement signed by U.S. troops in Iraq was December 31, 2011 to complete the withdrawal plan . Currently, only less than 200 U.S. soldiers to stay in the U.S. embassy in Iraq to help train Iraqi troops . U.S. President Barack Obama announced on 14 June , the U.S. military withdrawal from Iraq marks the nine-year war in Iraq formally ended .