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Obama names troop withdrawal date

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President Barack Obama has announced the withdrawal of most US troops in Iraq by the end of August 2010.

In a speech at a Marine Corps base, he said the US "combat mission" in Iraq would officially end by that time.

But he also said 35,000 to 50,000 troops will stay on into 2011 to advise Iraqi forces, target terror and protect US interests.

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