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Obama sets Aug. 2010 as Iraq end date

Officials: Obama sets Aug. 2010 as Iraq end date
February 27, 2009, by BEN FELLER

WASHINGTON (AP) — A “substantial” number of the roughly 100,000 U.S. combat troops to be pulled out of Iraq by Aug. 31, 2010, will remain in the war zone through at least the end of this year to ensure national elections there go smoothly, senior Obama administration officials say.

That pacing suggests that although Obama’s promised withdrawal will start soon, it will be backloaded, with larger numbers of troops returning later in the 18-month time frame.

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