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Obama Said to Announce U.S. Withdrawal From Iraq by Year End

October 21, 2011

(Updates with training, troop levels in last two paragraphs.)

Oct. 21 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama will announce that all U.S. troops will be out of Iraq by the end of the year, an administration official said.

Obama will make a statement at the White House following a video conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in which they agreed this was the best course of action for the relationship between the two countries, according to the official who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly.

The president is set to make his remarks about 12:45 p.m. Washington time.

The U.S. has been negotiating the terms of an agreement with the government of Iraq on keeping some U.S. forces there past the end of the year to help train Iraqi security forces. A sticking point has been U.S. insistence that its troops have immunity from prosecution in Iraqi courts.

The existing U.S. agreement with Iraq for keeping troops in the country expires at the end of this year. Units have been steadily pulling out of the country. There are about 41,000 troops in Iraq, down from a peak of about 170,000.

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