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Obama confirms pullout from Iraq

US President Barack Obama has confirmed the end of all combat operations in Iraq by 31 August.

In a speech to the national convention of the Disabled American Veterans in Atlanta, Georgia, Mr Obama announced that the end of operations, a key promise from his presidential campaign, would arrive "as promised and on schedule".

Some 50,000 of 65,000 US troops currently in Iraq are set to remain until the end of 2011 to advise Iraqi forces and protect US interests.

James Reynolds reports.

  • 02 Aug 2010