Last week we heard a lot about President Obama's plan to bring US troops out of Iraq. But yesterday, the National Guard ended its patrol of an American city — New Orleans.
Since Katrina US troops have helped with security in the city. The Guard patrolled high crime areas and neighborhoods that had been left empty. That ended last night around midnight.
Last year, New Orleans topped the most dangerous cities in America list, with a murder rate of one every 40 hours. The police hope the Guard's efforts will have a lasting impact, but they're expecting a tough adjustment after coming to rely on the troops.
Hopefully, the exit signals a positive step toward full recovery from hurricane Katrina.