US military presence in Iraq beyond 2011 'almost certain'

September 5, 2010 10:18

The US will probably keep thousands of soldiers in Iraq beyond the official departure date of end 2011, despite US President Barack Obama's official announcement last week marking the end of the US combat mission, AFP reported Sunday.

American officials, speaking off the record, said that extension will likely happen as a result of the need to aid Iraq's military amid sectarian tensions.

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