CNN has learned that President Obama is expected to approve a proposal to withdraw most combat troops from Iraq within 19 months. (Photo Credit: Getty Images/File)
WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Barack Obama is expected to approve a proposal to withdraw most combat troops from Iraq within 19 months, several Pentagon officials told CNN Wednesday.
The decision will be announced at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina on Friday, according to one senior administration official.
Although no decision has been officially announced at the White House, a Pentagon official told CNN "that's the way the wind is blowing" in reference to the 19-month option.
A White House spokesman said no final decisions about Iraq policy has been made by the president.
The Pentagon several weeks ago sent the president options for withdrawals at 16, 19, and 23 months.
The 16-month option was Obama's campaign pledge. But shortly after taking office, he asked Pentagon and military commanders for an analysis of additional options, and they submitted the two other timeframes in response.