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Surprise: Obama pulling all U.S. troops from Iraq by year’s end

In a surprise announcement on Friday, President Barack Obama declared a full stop to the U.S. presence in Iraq, telling reporters, “I can say our troops in Iraq will definitely be home for the holidays.” The announcement was a surprise because many observers expected the White House to leave up…

US may break promise to leave Iraq

The United States is open to the idea of keeping troops in Iraq past a deadline to leave next year if Iraq asks for it, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday. “We’ll stand by,” Gates said. “We’re ready to have that discussion if and when they want to raise…