Many US Troops Home in a Year: Obama
President sees Iraqis ready to handle own security
By Laurel Jorgensen,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2009 7:33 PM CST

(Newser) – President Obama promised today to bring a "substantial" number of troops home from Iraq before next year's Super Bowl, MSNBC reports. In an interview with Matt Lauer, Obama said Iraq's smooth provincial elections this weekend ensured the homecoming. He disclosed no details, but said he plans to “roll out in a very formal fashion what our intentions are in Iraq as well as Afghanistan" in the coming days.

“We are in a position to start putting more responsibility on the Iraqis, and that’s good news for not only the troops in the field but also their families, who are carrying an enormous burden,” Obama said.