Obama: 'War In Iraq Is Over'; All Troops Will Withdraw By Year's End
President Obama is expected to make a statement shortly about the number of U.S. troops who will stay in Iraq beyond 2011. According to the AP, the president's statement will follow a video conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
Obama's announcement may close off the possibility of maintaining a U.S. military presence in Iraq beyond a Dec. 31 withdrawal deadline set in 2008.
It would also mean that after eight years of war in Iraq, Obama would be making good on his promise to wind down the conflict.
More than 4,400 American military members have been killed since the U.S. invaded Iraq in March 2003.
We will live blog the president's statement. So watch this post for updates.
Update at 12:53 p.m. ET. 'The Tide Of War Is Receding...'
President Obama said this statement makes a broader statement. "The tide of war is receding," he said.
Update at 12:50 p.m. ET. Sovereign Nations:
President Obama said he talked to rime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and they were both in complete agreement about how to proceed. Obama said that "as promised" by the end of the year all troops will withdraw from the country.
He said that this means the relationship between Iraq and the United States will now be a normal one between two sovereign countries.
He added: "Our troops in Iraq will definitely be home for the holidays."
Update at 12:48 p.m. ET. 'The Rest Of Our Troops Will Come Home'
President Obama says that after nearly nine years, "The long war in Iraq will come to an end by the end of this year."
Update at 12:46 p.m. ET. All Troops Will Withdraw:
Multiple news organizations are reporting that President Obama will announce that all American troops will be out of Iraq by the end of the year. The announcement would announce that after eight years, the war in Iraq would be over.