President Obama will participate in a series of events next week to honor troops returning from Iraq as the United States withdraws all remaining forces by the end of the year, the White House said Thursday.
Obama is scheduled to meet Iraqi President Nouri al-Maliki on Monday at the White House, and the president and first lady Michelle Obama will address U.S. service members at Ft. Bragg, N.C., on Wednesday.
The president, along with Vice President Joe Biden, also plans to attend the annual Army-Navy football game, which will be played at FedEx Field on Saturday.
Obama and Maliki had been negotiating this fall to leave a few thousand American troops in Iraq past the year-end deadline set by Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush, for special operations and training.
But those talks failed to produce and agreement, and in October the two sides agreed that U.S. forces would depart by the end of December.