The Obama administration is reviewing a number of options that could leave several thousand U.S. troops in Iraq after the end of the year. But that's only if Iraqi officials make a decision about what they want American forces to do.
U.S. officials are growing impatient as they continue to wait for the Iraqis to make a specific request. Without that, all but a couple hundred U.S. troops will pull out by the end of the year.
U.S. officials say they are finalizing several options. But they said key leaders, including the president, have not yet made a decision, because it still hinges on what Baghdad ultimately requests. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the discussions.