Obama coming to El Paso on Tuesday


President Obama (Photo by Pete Souza/The White House)

To mark the formal end of U.S. combat operations in Iraq, President Barack Obama will travel to El Paso on Tuesday to meet with soldiers at Fort Bliss.

Also Tuesday, Obama will address the nation on Iraq from the Oval Office in Washington at 6 p.m. MST.

The White House made the announcement today in a news release.

Obama had promised to end combat operations in Iraq by the end of August. Earlier this month, the numbers of American troops stationed in Iraq fell below 50,000. After Tuesday, Iraq will be responsible for its own security, and the United States will take on more of a backup role, the administration says.

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