||Posted - 02/27/2009 : 9:03:38 PM
All but 50K troops home by Aug. 31 2010
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CAMP LEJEUNE, North Carolina President Barack Obama announced on Friday he would withdraw U.S. combat forces from Iraq by August 31, 2010, winding down the unpopular six-year war but leaving behind up to 50,000 troops until the end of 2011.
The 18-month timetable marks a historic juncture in a war that has been enormously costly to the United States and defined the presidency of George W. Bush. It has been a huge drain on the Treasury, cost the lives of some 4,250 U.S. soldiers and damaged America's standing in the world.
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