BREAKING: U.S. official says all U.S. troops out of Iraq by end of 2011
October 21st, 2011
12:22 PM ET

BREAKING: U.S. official says all U.S. troops out of Iraq by end of 2011

From CNN Pentagon Correspondent Chris Lawrence:

A U.S. official tells CNN that the U.S. will pull all troops out of Iraq by the end of the year, as the current Status of Forces Agreement with Iraq dictates. A White House official told reporters that President Barack Obama will be making a statement about "our security relationship with Iraq" following a video conference he held at 1130aET with Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki.

CNN reported on October 17 that the United States and Iraq have been unable to come to agreement on key issue regarding legal immunity for U.S. troops who would remain in Iraq after the end of the year, effectively ending discussion of maintaining a significant American force presence after the end of 2011, a senior U.S. military official with direct knowledge of the discussions told CNN on Monday.

There are approximately 39.000 U.S. troops currently in Iraq and the U.S. wanted to keep from 3,000 to 5,000 troops in Iraq beyond the end of 2011.

A small number of U.S. troops will be attached to the U.S. Embassy in Bagdhad

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