Obama to make Iraq speech at end of month

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President Obama has been reminding the American public lately that he has kept his own promise to withdraw combat troops from Iraq by the end of August.

Tuesday, the White House announced that Mr. Obama plans to cap things off with an August 31st speech marking U.S. troops’ shift there to a non-combat phase. But how different will the new mission be from the last?

“Today United States forces in Iraq announced that the United States now has less than 50,000 troops in Iraq,” the President’s Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor John Brennan told reporters in Martha’s Vineyard, where the president is vacationing.

“This reaches the goal that was set by the President last February as part of his efforts to responsibly draw down our forces from Iraq and transition to Iraqi security forces the responsibility for security in that country.”

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