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US drops plans to keep troops in Iraq

AP Newsbreak  October 15, 2011

By LARA JAKES, Associated Press – 1 hour ago

BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S. is abandoning plans to keep U.S. troops in Iraq past
a year-end withdrawal deadline, The Associated Press has learned. The decision
to pull out fully by January will effectively end more than eight years of U.S.
involvement in the Iraq war, despite ongoing concerns about its security forces
and the potential for instability.

The decision ends months of hand-wringing by U.S. officials over whether to
stick to a Dec. 31 withdrawal deadline that was set in 2008 or negotiate a new
security agreement to ensure that gains made and more than 4,400 American
military lives lost since March 2003 do not go to waste.

In recent months, Washington has been discussing with Iraqi leaders the
possibility of several thousand American troops remaining to continue training
Iraqi security forces.

But a senior Obama administration official in Washington confirmed Saturday
that all American troops will leave Iraq except for about 160 active-duty
soldiers attached to the U.S. Embassy.

A senior U.S. military official confirmed the departure and said the
withdrawal could allow future but limited U.S. military training missions in
Iraq if requested.

Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of
the issue.

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October 15, 2011 - Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Government Contractor, Iraq, Private Security Contractor, State Department | , , , ,

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