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Obama's Iraq War Commitment

March 3, 2009

President Barack Obama has announced that he will pull out U.S. combat troops by the end of August 2010, but will leave behind 35,000 to 50,000 troops until the end of 2011.

Investigative journalist Gareth Porter says Obama's speech sent a contradictory message, supposedly a marker for ending the war but instead leaving open the possibility of an extended American commitment.

(The story summary continues below.)

Porter says the speech creates the, "rationale for a longer-term U.S. engagement in Iraq." As for Obama’s insistence that the residual force is intended for support, Porter says "they are combat troops to a great extent... What we're really talking about is what has been referred to as a ‘rapid reaction force.’” is an independent news network that produces stories of global interest. 

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