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DOHA, Qatar -- The Iraqi prime minister has admitted U.S. troops could stay in the country beyond 2011.
Under the U.S.-Iraq Status of Forces agreement, which sets out a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq, American troops must exit the country by December 31, 2011.
But Nouri al-Maliki said at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington on Thursday: "The security relations between the Americans and the Iraqis ... is a relationship based on co-operation and all the foundations and rules that were put forth in the agreements.
Change in stance
Al-Maliki declared a national holiday in Iraq on June 30th when U.S. forces left Iraq's urban centres and returned to their barracks, saying that the pullout was a key step in re-establishing Iraqi sovereignty.
Sam Parker of the U.S. Institute for Peace told Al Jazeera that the Iraqi leader is now trying to make amends with the U.S. government and military, members of which had criticised Maliki's reaction to the U.S. pullback.
"The disconnect between what he says in Iraq and what he says here is all about politics and playing to a domestic constituency versus playing to the foreign power that provides his government with the support that's essential for its functioning," he said.
Originally posted by dgtempe
I dare say that they will keep the ones who will come home and take on the NWO and kick their butts, and this way they remain out of the way- less trouble and interference that way. Besides, didnt i hear that returning vets are now classified as terrorists??
Originally posted by Styki
reply to post by ProtoplasmicTraveler
See that's why I don't really take anybody who says President Obama is breaking all of his campaign promises seriously. Any body who actually listens to what Obama has said knows that he stated he will listen to his military advisers and safely withdraw troops from Iraq over a period of time. Whatever people decide to tell themselves to to sleep at night, doesn't bother me any.