Obama's Iraq speech Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET will be a balancing act. The majority of Americans say the Iraq war was a mistake, but others say this isn't the time to end the US combat role.
Critics say the US has put too much emphasis on large-scale military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Yemen shows that Al Qaeda is too agile to be defeated by such a 'whack a mole' strategy, they say.
June's pullback is part of the phased withdrawal of US forces. Will it jeopardize hard-won security gains?
The US military will begin handing over thousands of Iraqis who were captured during the war to Iraqi authorities on Sunday.
Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker will describe Iraq's fragile state this week on Capitol Hill.