Despite Obama’s Vow, Combat Brigades Will Stay in Iraq

Democracy Now!: Nearly four weeks ago President Obama declared that U.S. combat operations would end in Iraq by August 2010.

Under President Obama’s plan, all combat troops will be pulled from Iraq but a transition force of up to 50,000 will remain after August 2010.

Despite Obama’s pledge, new evidence has emerged that the U.S. plans to keep combat brigades in Iraq but they will operate under a different name.

Investigative reporter Gareth Porter of Inter Press Service has revealed some of the Brigade Combat Teams currently in Iraq will stay beyond August 2010 and will be renamed so-called “advisory and assistance brigades.”

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