BROOKLYN - President Barack Obama is set to address the nation at 8 p.m. tonight on the official end of the American combat mission in Iraq.

Obama is set to announce that after more than seven years in Iraq, the combat mission is coming to an end. Though the U.S. combat mission is ending, approximately 50,000 troops will remain in Iraq to back up Iraqi security forces. A joint agreement between both countries says all U.S. forces must be out of Iraq by the end of 2011.

Before his address, Obama is planning to personally thank soldiers at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas.

Obama is also expected to comment on Afghanistan and the war on terrorism.