The drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq is moving forward with the U.S. military announcing the reduction of 12,000 troops over the next six months as the next step toward the goal of ending combat operations by August 2010.

President Barack Obama said U.S. combat operations in Iraq will end by Aug. 31, 2010, but some troops would remain to support Iraqis. Following is the text of his speech, as prepared for delivery at Camp Lejeune Marine base in…

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