Obama to Give Iraq Speech From Oval Office

Posted August 25, 2010 at 3:20pm

President Barack Obama will deliver his second major speech from the Oval Office next week when he addresses the nation on Iraq, the White House announced Wednesday.

Obama will go before the nation at 8 p.m. Tuesday to lay out the path ahead in Iraq. His speech comes on a day that marks a campaign promise kept by the president: that he would cease all combat operations in Iraq by the end of August. Before delivering his address, the president will travel to Fort Bliss in Texas to meet with troops.

By the end of the month, the administration will have brought home more than 90,000 troops and closed or turned over hundreds of military bases to the Iraqi government. Starting in September, the administration will shift its mission from combat to training Iraqi security forces. About 50,000 U.S. troops will remain in Iraq until late 2011 as part of that effort.