WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Obama has approved a plan to pull most troops out of Iraq by the end of August 2010, two senior administration officials said Friday.
President Obama says he plans to keep up to 50,000 support troops in Iraq after combat troops leave in 2010.
The plan also calls for a force of 35,000 to 50,000 U.S. troops to remain on the ground in Iraq.
"Let me say this as plainly as I can: By August 31, 2010, our combat mission in Iraq will end," Obama is expected to say Friday in a speech at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, the senior officials said.
Obama's trip to Camp Lejeune is his first trip to a military base since being sworn in.
Administration officials, who briefed reporters on the plan, said the remaining troops would take on an advisory role in training and equipping Iraqi forces, supporting civilian operations in Iraq and conducting targeted counterterrorism missions, which would include some combat. Watch an ex-general survey the strategy
The remaining troops would be gradually withdrawn until all U.S. forces are out of Iraq by December 31, 2011 -- the deadline set under an agreement the Bush administration signed with the Iraqi government last year.