Friday, February 27, 2009

Obama says combat in Iraq should end by August 31, 2010

President Barack Obama announced today that our combat role in Iraq will end by August 31, 2010, in an address from Camp Lejuene, NC Friday morning.

CNN has a story on the speech available already, here.

Luis Martinez and Byron Wolf have a story on ABCNews here.

About 70000 troops will be withdrawn, but 35000-50000 troops will remain on the ground in support roles.

The war in Iraq has become the central foreign policy issue, overshadowing efforts to locate Osama bin Laden who may be tucked away near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, and for whom considerable evidence on location may be in development now.

Civilian employees, even police officers, will be hired to help train law enforcement in both countries.

Obama plans to make ending the war in Iraq a major part of his strategy for dealing with the federal budget deficit.

The video should appear on CSPAN and CNN shortly.

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