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Iraqi soldiers man a checkpoint in Baghdad on August 19, 2010 after the last US combat brigade pulled out of Iraq.

Last week, the last full U.S. combat brigade in Iraq finally began to make its way home. There are still 50,000 non-combat troops in Iraq. President Barack Obama hasn't yet talked much about the combat troops coming home, but he will give a speech addressing the withdrawal this week.

On this week's Washington Report on WQXR, WNYC's Kerry Nolan talks to David Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent for The New York Times, about the political benefits and risks to this withdrawal, and whether it teaches us any lessons about the withdrawal of troops in Afghanistan down the road. Sanger also weighs in on why President Obama has been taking so much heat from cable television networks about going on vacation.