3 Aug 2010

Obama confirms Iraq troop withdrawal

8:36 am on 3 August 2010

US President Barack Obama has confirmed that all American combat troops will be withdrawn from Iraq by the end of this month.

Speaking at a convention of disabled veterans in Atlanta, he said this fulfilled a pledge he made during his presidential campaigning, the BBC reports.

Mr Obama said America's commitment to Iraq was changing from a military effort to a civilian one led by diplomats.

A transitional force would remain until the end of next year, he said, and would train Iraqi security forces, conduct counter-terrorism operations and provide civilians with ongoing security.

All troops would be withdrawn by the end of next year.