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US, Iraq Seek Timeframe For Troop Cuts

From a conflicted Associated Press:

U.S. and Iraq Agree to Set Goals for Troop Cuts

July 18, 2008

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Iraq have agreed to seek ”a general time horizon” for deeper reductions in American combat troops in Iraq…

[T]he White House said Friday that the timeframe being discussed would not be ”an arbitrary date for withdrawal.”

Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki talked about the timing issue as part of discussions over a broader security agreement to keep American troops in Iraq after a U.N. mandate expires on Dec. 31.

The White House says the two leaders, in a conversation on Thursday, agreed that the accord should include ”a general time horizon for meeting aspirational goals, such as the resumption of Iraqi security control in their cities and provinces and the further reduction of U.S. combat forces from Iraq.”

Of course our “pull out now!” journalists will try to make more out of this than it actually is.

But it’s good to see the reminder that the US forces are in Iraq under a UN mandate — than has been several times extended. A detail we have noted before.

Still, it’s funny how seldom that gets mentioned by our media masters.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, July 18th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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