The United States will withdraw almost all its troops from Iraq by the end of the year, as a current agreement with Iraq dictates, a U.S. official told CNN on Friday.
Only about 150 troops, a negligible force, will remain to assist in arms sales.
The United States had expected that some of the roughly 40,000 Americans in Iraq would remain there to aid in training and security. But the two nations were unable to reach a deal on a key issue regarding legal immunity for U.S. troops, a senior U.S. military official with direct knowledge of the discussions told CNN this month.
President Obama will make a statement about the U.S. involvement in Iraq at 12:45 p.m. ET. Watch live coverage of the president and analysis from Wolf Blitzer, John King and Gloria Borger on CNN-TV.Watch live coverage now on http://CNN.com/Live
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