US Troops Will Quit Iraq By August 2010

Sky News reporting President Barack Obama's latest...

President Barack Obama will withdraw most of America's troops from Iraq by August 2010, officials said tonight. The withdrawal plan would fulfil one of President Obama's central campaign pledges.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said they expect the president to make the announcement this week.

The US military will leave behind a residual force, between 30,000 and 50,000 troops, to continue advising and training Iraqi security forces.

The news follows the deaths of three US soldiers and an interpreter in eastern Iraq yesterday.

The four were killed during combat operations in the volatile Diyala province, north of Baghdad.

During his election campaign President Obama vowed to pull out US troops from Iraq within 16 months after taking the top job.

The August date would be 19 months from his inauguration.