Iraq Withdrawal In August Is 'An Exercise In Semantics': New York Times

07/03/2010 02:45 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

NEAR TULUL AL-BAQ, Iraq -- President Obama has set an August deadline for the end of the combat mission in Iraq. Here at this makeshift desert camp in the insurgent badlands of northern Iraq, a mission is under way that is not going to stop then: American soldiers hunting terrorists and covertly watching an Iraqi checkpoint staffed by police officers whom the soldiers say they do not trust.


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