Friday, February 27, 2009

Obama sets troop withdrawal target

President Barack Obama, speaking to troops at the Camp Lejeune marine base, set a time line for pulling out of Iraq in 18 months.

Obama said that a force of between 35,000 to 50,000 would remain in Iraq, however, to train Iraqi troops and conduct limited military operations. The latter number is rather large, representing about a third of the current U.S. military presence in Iraq, and is likely to draw criticism from more liberal members of his own party, and even some anti-war Republicans.

Obama said that the plan was a signal to Iraq's leadership to begin taking responsibility for their own country.

"We cannot sustain indefinitely a commitment that has put a strain on our military, and will cost the American people nearly a trillion dollars," he said.

President Barack Obama has drawn the finish line in Iraq. The president says US combat in Iraq will end by Aug. 31, 2010. (Feb. 27)

Obama sets Iraq deadline, unveils new strategy

Reuters - ‎1 hour ago‎
By Ross Colvin and Jeff Mason CAMP LEJEUNE, NC, Feb 27 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Friday he would pull US combat troops out of Iraq in 18 months as he unveiled a new strategy that stressed diplomacy and engagement with foes like Iran ...

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