Breaking Iraq News: Most Troops Out In 18 Months

An Associated Press dispatch out just now says that President Obama plans to announce later this week that he will order all U.S. combat troops out of Iraq by August 2010, roughly three months later than the timetable he proposed during the campaign, but, come to think of it, not all that different. A residual force of between 30,000 to 50,000 would remain in the country indefinitely. An administration official wouldn't confirm this to me, but said that Obama would discuss the matter on Friday, at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina.