President Barack Obama has confirmed that he will honour his pledge to end all combat operations in Iraq by 31 August.
However, he has stated that 50,000 of 65,000 US troops currently in Iraq will remain until the end of 2011, as "advisers" and protect US interests.
Wisely, given that Iraq is still in turmoil, President Obama did not claim that this was "Mission Accomplished!".
However, whilst troops may be being pulled out of Iraq, more troops (some 30,000 extra) are being sent to Afghanistan.