A White House official tells NBC News that President Obama this afternoon will make a statement about the U.S. security relationship with Iraq. Obama's remarks will follow a video conference with Iraq PM Maliki.
ABC is reporting that Obama will announce the complete drawdown of all U.S. troops there by the end of the year.
But NBC has yet to confirm that news.
*** UPDATE *** NBC can confirm that Obama will announce the complete of the Iraq drawdown by the end of 2011.
*** UPDATE II *** NBC's Jim Miklaszewski and Courtney Kube further report:
A senior U.S. military official says that the president will announce that ALL U.S. troops leave Iraq by the end of 2011. Some will remain there to secure the Embassy, etc. but that will be a small group (about 100 or so).
The U.S. and Iraq cannot reach an agreement on immunity for U.S. troops serving after Dec 31.
There are about 39,000 U.S. troops in Iraq now.
At the height of the U.S. surge in October 2007, there were more than 166,000 U.S. troops there.
*** UPDATE III *** Per a White House official: "Today, the president will announce that we will fulfill our commitment and complete the drawdown of US troops from Iraq by the end of the year. This will allow us to say definitively that the Iraq war is over, and that the partnership between the US and Iraq will be a normal one between two sovereign nations. During their conversation, President Obama and PM Maliki strongly agreed that this is the best way forward for both countries."