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Iraq Denies Maliki Endorsed Obama’s Plan

From Agence France-Pressee:

Iraq denies PM backed Obama troop cut plan

BAGHDAD (AFP) — Iraq on Sunday denied Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki had made remarks backing US Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s plan to withdraw troops from the country and demanding a quick pullout.

The German weekly Der Spiegel reported that Maliki in an interview had supported Obama’s plan to withdraw most US troops from Iraq within 16 months if he took office next January.

This “would be the right timescale for withdrawal, allowing for minor adjustments,” Maliki reportedly told the news magazine in the interview to be published on Monday.

Der Spiegel also said that Maliki demanded that American forces leave Iraq “as soon as possible.”

“To date, the United States is struggling to agree on a concrete date for withdrawal because they view such a step as an admission of defeat, which is not the case,” Maliki was reported as saying.

But on Sunday Baghdad government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh denied Maliki had made the remarks, saying they had been “misunderstood and mistranslated and not conveyed accurately.”

Dabbagh said that any statement by Maliki or member of Iraq’s government “should not be understood as support for any US presidential candidate.” …

We suspected as much at the time, coming as this story did from the hard left Der Spiegel.


But, as usual, the correction will be ignored and the Democrats and their media minions keep up their chanting for defeat at any price.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, July 20th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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