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White House: US pullback important step forward

White House: US pullback important step forward

The White House is calling the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraqi cities an important step forward for Iraq to govern itself and for America to leave the country in a stable situation.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says President Barack Obama will make those points later Tuesday. He says the president also will stress that the United States must remain vigilant in monitoring the situation and continue to work with Iraq to make progress on political reconciliation.
Gibbs says U.S. commanders in Iraq are confident in the ability of Iraqi security forces to assume control of urban areas, and he said it is not surprising to see flare-ups in violence coinciding with the pullback of U.S. combat troops from cities.


Updated : 2021-01-16 05:43 GMT+08:00