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US Withdrawal Timetable Insisted Upon By Iraqi Government

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US Withdrawal Timetable Insisted Upon By Iraqi Government
Iraq's national security adviser said Tuesday his country will not accept any security deal with the United States unless it contains specific dates for the withdrawal of US-led forces. The comments by Mouwaffak al-Rubaie were the strongest yet by an Iraqi official about the deal now under negotiation with US officials. President Bush has said he opposes a timetable, and the White House said it did not believe Maliki was proposing a rigid timeline for US troop withdrawals.

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stephley stephley 9 years
Surrounding states can't be allowed to influence Iraq, but we should stay to firm up their democracy and their ability to defend their sovereignty?
stiletta stiletta 9 years
I have to say, given that al-Maliki is a shiite and prone to Iranian "suggestion", as a strategy in the Middle East, I think we need to stay in Iraq. Their democracy is tenuous at best and given the influences of the surrounding states, it's not a bad idea to keep their government afloat until they can fully defend their sovereignty.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
..crickets....
stephley stephley 9 years
uh-oh, just saw this on Drudge: The United States on Tuesday rejected a demand from Iraq for a specific date for pullout of US-led foreign troops from the country, saying any withdrawal will be based on conditions on the ground. "The US government and the government of Iraq are in agreement that we, the US government, we want to withdraw, we will withdraw. However, that decision will be conditions-based," State Department spokesman Gonzalo Gallegos said. Iraq said on Tuesday it will reject any security pact with the United States unless it sets a date for the pullout of US-led troops. "We will not accept any memorandum of understanding if it does not give a specific date for a complete withdrawal of foreign troops," national security advisor Muwaffaq al-Rubaie told reporters in the holy city of Najaf. The controversial demand from Baghdad's Shiite-led government underlines Iraq's new hardened stand in complex negotiations aimed at striking a security deal with Washington.
stephley stephley 9 years
They've invested a heck of a lot of money in Iraq based on the notion we'd be directing things there for a while.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
Didn't Bush say that when they ask us to leave, we will leave? I don't see how McCain can push to stay when they clearly are ready to start the transition of us to move out??? Also, Syria yesterday said that they want to wait to work on the peace talks with Israel until there is a new US President. “Frankly, we do not think that the current American administration is capable of making peace. It doesn't have either the will or the vision and it only has a few months left," Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
I wonder if we have a timetable for withdrawing their oil?
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