Middle East

February 27, 2009

Obama to extend Iraq withdrawal timetable; 50,000 troops to stay

Amid complaints from his own party that he's moving too slowly to end the war in Iraq, President Barack Obama announced Friday that U.S. combat troops will be withdrawn in 18 months, by Aug. 31, 2010. However, as many as 50,000 Marines and soldiers would remain through the end of 2011.

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