Iraq Willing to See U.S. Troops Leave Early
usatoday.com — Iraq is willing to have the U.S. withdraw all its troops and assume security for the country before the end of 2011, the departure date agreed to by former President Bush, the spokesman of the Iraqi prime minister said.
Spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh made the comment, a day before President Obama and his senior commanders were to meet in Washington to discuss the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama promised during the campaign to withdraw all U.S. combat troops from Iraq within 16 months of taking office. The new president said in his inaugural address that he would "begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people."