Iraqi Government Demands Timetable For Troop Withdrawl
Iraq’s national security advisor announced today that the Iraqi government will be demanding a hard timetable for American troop withdrawl:
Iraq will not accept any security agreement with the United States unless it includes dates for the withdrawal of foreign forces, the government’s national security adviser said on Tuesday.
The comments by Mowaffaq al-Rubaie underscore the U.S.-backed government’s hardening stance toward a deal with Washington that will provide a legal basis for U.S. troops to operate when a U.N. mandate expires at the end of the year.
Rubaie said Iraq was waiting “impatiently for the day when the last foreign soldier leaves Iraq”.
“We can’t have a memorandum of understanding with foreign forces unless it has dates and clear horizons determining the departure of foreign forces. We’re unambiguously talking about their departure,” Rubaie said in the holy Shi’ite city of Najaf.
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