Breaking: Obama says All US troops are leaving Iraq by the end of the year

Okay, that was a surprise. From CNN (via email):

The United States will withdraw almost all its troops from Iraq by the end of the year, as a current agreement with Iraq dictates, a U.S. official told CNN on Friday. Only about 150 troops, a negligible force, will remain to assist in arms sales. The United States had expected that some of the roughly 40,000 Americans in Iraq would remain there to aid in training and security. But the two nations were unable to reach a deal on a key issue regarding legal immunity for U.S. troops, a senior U.S. military official with direct knowledge of the discussions told CNN this month.

More from the Washington Post.

Have to admit, I never thought it would happen. As lousy as the economy is going, I have to say that Obama has wrapped up some darn good foreign successes over the past year.

ABC’s Jake Tapper tweets, “WH says 4-5,000 security contractors will remain in Iraq.” Sounds like Blackwater. I’d like to see the cost of that.

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