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U.S. Admits Iraq Might Need Some Help

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Iraqi security forces are strong enough to defend the country, though they may need additional U.S. support, a U.S. State Department official said.

Iraqi political leaders gave Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki permission to negotiate the status of the remaining U.S. forces in the country. Baghdad said it would consider a presence of U.S. military trainers beyond a December deadline for withdrawal spelled out in a 2008 status of forces agreement.

Mark Toner, a spokesman for the U.S. State Department, said that Iraqi forces are “strong enough and have the capability to provide security in the country.” In terms of additional training support, he said, Washington was “ready to talk to them about the request.”

A report from U.S. reconstruction officials for Iraq painted a dour picture of the country, saying the security situation there was worse than 12 months ago. Toner dismissed the suggestion, however, saying the overall outlook for Iraq was positive.

“That said, we have also been clear-eyed about our assessment that some of these extremist elements that still exist in Iraq are going to try to take advantage of this transition period,” he acknowledged.

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  • s c

    Anybody smell something wrong with this idea? No doubt the Bummer is looking for ways to keep our military bogged down in places where we should not be any longer. Isn’t he the SAME guy who was SO offended that he campaigned on the idea that we’d be out of “certain” places in one, big, quick, damned hurry if HE got into the W H?
    Hypocrisy rules supreme in Bummerland. Yowza, we gots to separate ourselves from GB’s WAR. Yowza! Then WHY are we still stuck over there, Mr. Prez? Do you have a severe memory problem? Are you a closet hawk? Do you ‘go both ways’ between being a dove and a hawk?
    Very interesting. Someone get a shrink. We got us someone who needs some SERIOUS help. Get the Prozac! Get the thorazine. Call Switzerland.
    Solve the problem, Mr. Prez, and get us OUT of that part of the world. You don’t pack the gear, you never did and you NEVER will.

  • Dan az

    So in these negotiations What was the agreement on for payment for the extended troops to be there again?I thought that the trillion that we spent and ask for payment and was laughed at an told to leave that we had a agreement that they were not going to get paid.Is that right?Lucy you have some explaining to do!

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