President Obama has set August 2010 as the deadline to end US combat duties in Iraq but he will still leave 50,000 troops ( thats about double the size of Australia's permanant army personnel) there until 2011:
US PRESIDENT Barack Obama has ordered an end to US combat in Iraq within 18 months.
"Let me say this as plainly as I can: by August 31, 2010 our combat mission in Iraq will end,'' Mr Obama said, laying out a new war strategy at a US Marines base in North Carolina.
But angering some supporters, Mr Obama said up to 50,000 US troops, compared to the current 142,000-strong force, would remain in Iraq under a new mission until the end of 2011, nearly nine years after his predecessor George W Bush ordered an invasion to topple Saddam Hussein.
Considering that the real hard yacca is over its properly a good decision. Senator John Mcain approves too. However I wouldn't be surprised if there are still considerable troops there long after 2011, especially if Iran becomes a problem, after all there are still US troops in Japan and Germany.