Wednesday, 25 February 2009

US combat troops to withdraw from Iraq

The announcement is imminent. It's not clear exactly how many troops will remain- a residual force still comprises tens of thousands. The fact that the announcement is to be made means that President Obama has massaged a potentially thorny discussion with senior commanders. Generals Petraeus and Odierno were assumed to be sceptical of the 16 month withdrawal plan. A withdrawal by August 2010 is 19 months. Perhaps that reported difference of perspective will spill out at some point.

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