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White House: US On Track To End Iraq Combat Role

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says President Barack Obama is sticking with plans to end the U.S. combat mission in Iraq at the end of the month as planned after an update from his top military commanders and national security team.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the president was satisfied with the progress that has been made in the country that will enable Iraq's military to take over security operations at
that time.

Obama met with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, national security adviser James Jones and, by videoconference, the U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. Ray Odierno.

Still, Gibbs said that despite a recent lull in violence, an "uptick in violence" is expected in the run-up to the Aug. 31 turnover.
      
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