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Odierno: No sign Iraqis will ask US to stay

Odierno: No sign Iraqis will ask US to stay

The top U.S. commander in Iraq says he does not believe the Iraqi government will ask the U.S. military to remain in the country past 2011.
Ongoing violence has prompted widespread speculation that Baghdad may re-negotiate its security agreement to keep U.S. troops in Iraq beyond the deadline to continue fighting insurgents and training security forces.
But Gen. Ray Odierno told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he has received no indication that Iraqi leaders want that to happen.
He said progress in many parts of Iraq, particularly around Baghdad and in the south, may make it unnecessary for the U.S. military to stay.
Odierno left the door open to the possibility, however, saying "never say never."


Updated : 2021-06-21 22:06 GMT+08:00