OSC: Al-Maliki says US Could Leave Iraq Early

The USG Open Source Center translates a short interview with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on the timetable for US troop withdrawal from Iraq.

‘Al-Maliki Says Withdrawal of US Forces From Iraq ‘Might be Sooner’ Than Schedule
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Iraq– OSC Summary
Tuesday, February 3, 2009 . . .

The Iraq Agency for News, on 3 February posts the following report:

“In exclusive statements to the Iraqi Media Center, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has revealed that the withdrawal of the US forces from the country might be sooner than the dates and schedules outlined in the agreement on the pullout of foreign forces from the country, noting that this is a big achievement for the Iraqis. He added:” The new US Administration has sent messages on its plans to withdraw the US forces ahead of the agreed upon schedule which is something we consider to be good, and we are ready for any political or military commitment Iraq faces in the coming stage, stressing that the agreement on the pullout of the US forces has opened the door wide open to regaining Iraq’s full sovereignty. The security agreement signed late last year states on the withdrawal of the US forces from the country in two ways, the first is the withdrawal from Iraqi cities and districts to military bases outside the cities, followed by a complete withdrawal from the country by the end of 2011.” ‘

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