Obama To Honor Troops As Iraq Combat Mission Ends
The Associated Press reports: "As President Barack Obama prepares to officially end the lengthy and divisive U.S. combat operation in Iraq, he'll personally thank some of the soldiers who fought there for their service to a mission he forcefully opposed from the start. Many of those soldiers deployed from Fort Bliss, the sprawling Army base in El Paso, Texas, that Obama will visit Tuesday. After speaking with the troops, Obama will return to Washington to address the nation and formally end a combat mission in Iraq that lasted more than seven years, leaving more than 4,400 U.S. troops dead and thousands more wounded."
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Obama's Day Ahead
President Obama will depart form the White House at 8:30 a.m. ET, and depart from Andrews Air Force Base at 8:45 a.m. ET. He will arrive at 12:30 p.m. ET in El Paso, Texas, and he will meet with troops at Fort Bliss Army Base at 1:10 p.m. ET. He will depart from El Paso at 2:20 p.m. ET, and arrive back at Andrews Air Force Base at 5:55 p.m. ET, and at the White House at 6:10 p.m. ET. He will address the nation from the Oval Office at 8 p.m. ET, on the official end of the American combat mission in Iraq.