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Iraq Won’t Extend US Pullout Deadline

From an elated Associated Press:

US Army troops patrol the city of Fallujah in 2003.

Iraq: No extension of US pullback date from cities

By Hamid Ahmed, Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD – Iraq will not extend the June 30 deadline for U.S. troops to withdraw from urban areas despite concerns about a resurgence of violence in recent weeks, a spokesman said Monday.

The government has insisted it is committed to the timeline laid out in a U.S.-Iraqi security agreement that calls for American forces to pull back from urban areas by the summer and from the rest of the country by the end of 2011.

But a series of high-profile bombings have cast doubt on the readiness of Iraqi forces to take over security responsibilities. In particular, U.S. commanders have pointed to the volatile northern city of Mosul as a possible exception to the withdrawal plans.

Government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh, however, said the deadlines were "non-extendable."

"These dates cannot be extended and this is consistent with the transfer and handover of responsibility to Iraqi security forces," al-Dabbagh said in a statement

Goodbye Iraq.

Welcome to ‘Greater Iran.’

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, May 4th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Iraq Won’t Extend US Pullout Deadline”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Well …. at least they’ll have a front row seat to the destruction of the cities. That is until the final “Bug-out”.

    I hope Iraqi forces will be able to hold it together……that way my Brothers’ and Sisters’ will not have died for nothing!

    God Bless America

    • canary says:

      Liberals Demise, Well, it’s hard to know. Announcing the date, with no extentions, may mean there will be an extention, But, if Iraq were to make it, they have the wrath of the terrorists to punish Iraq for dealing with Americans.

      But, if Iraq is overtaken, or destroyed, the American soldiers and Iraq soldiers that lost their lives will never have been made in vain. These soldiers saved lives of other soldiers who make it home. Plus, our presence there has given us a chance to gain valuable intelligence and knowledge to aid us in defeating
      these psychopaths.

  2. proreason says:

    Expect a torrent of Iraqi immigrants into the U.S, starting now.

  3. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Prediction:

    Once the Iraq civil war flares up in earnest, the lefties will scream bloody murder about the US “not doing anything to help”.

    The logic disconnect is complete and it’s all about emotion and finger-pointing. Remember, I libnerals’ “solutions” are never based in logic or facts; Only in feelings and to “do the right thing” depending on wind direction/speed/humidity/season/time-of-day, etc.

    But watch for it in the MSM in the months to come after we leave. It’ll still be on the news ecvery night and just like the Viet Cong taking over, it’ll be a repeat only with a lot more violence and wholesale bloodshed. The vicious takeover that’s about to occur will be worth watching.

    However, it’ll be very hard for the news to report on it as anyone from the US won’t be allowed in the country.

    But just watch, sports fans….just watch.

  4. Reality Bytes says:

    Can you blame them? I mean really, wouldn’t you rather run a government in exile in some place like London or Paris anyway? You know how hot it is Baghdad in the summer? And the AC doesn’t always work. Besides everybody’s tailor is in either those two cities or Rome. Imagine the inconvenience.

    So, as long as they, the leadership can get a seat on the last planes out, Who Cares?!

    If ever there was a time when the deploy, “The last shall be first & the first shall be last.” That’ll fix ’em.

  5. BillK says:

    How many troops do you think will give the loving Iraqi government a, uh, certain “salute” on their way out?


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