President Obama announced that all combat brigades will be withdrawn by the end of August 2010. A residual force estimated at 50,000 troops will be left to mentor Iraqi troops and police and assist in other areas. Defense Secretary Gates is calling for a small force to remain in Iraq after 2012.

Bill Roggio is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Editor of FDD's Long War Journal.

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