cnn.com — President Obama will say in his speech at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina, that the U.S. combat mission in Iraq will end next year. "Let me say this as plainly as I can: By August 31, 2010, our combat mission in Iraq will end," Obama will say. Congressional officials said the president told congressional leaders of his plan. Under this plan, all combat troops will be withdrawn within 19 months of Obama's January inauguration, three months longer than his promise on the campaign trail. In a meeting at the White House, Obama also told lawmakers that he plans to keep a range of 35,000 to 50,000 support troops on the ground in Iraq after combat troops are out, the officials said.
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