July 27, 2005


Iraqi prime minister calls for speedy withdrawal of troops (ROBERT BURNS, July 27, 2005, ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Iraq's transitional prime minister called Wednesday for a speedy withdrawal of U.S. troops and the top U.S. commander here said he believed a "fairly substantial" pullout could begin next spring and summer.

Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said at a joint news conference with Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld that the time has arrived to plan a coordinated transition from American to Iraqi military control throughout the country.

Asked how soon a U.S. withdrawal should happen, he said no exact timetable had been set. "But we confirm and we desire speed in that regard," he said, speaking through a translator. "And this fast pace has two aspects."

First, there must be a quickening of the pace of U.S. training of Iraqi security forces, and second there must be closely coordinated planning between the U.S.-led military coalition and the emerging Iraq government on a security transition, he said.

"We do not want to be surprised by a withdrawal that is not in connection with our Iraqi timing,"' he said.

How about, be completed by next summer.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 27, 2005 6:05 AM

As I've been saying significant troop reductions/withdrawals in Spring/Summer 2006, should, assuming no uptick in Iraq violence, benefit the GOP in the 2006 elections.

Posted by: AWW at July 27, 2005 10:48 AM

Now watch the insurgency-enablers insist we stay.

Posted by: ghostcat at July 27, 2005 11:53 AM

3 months after we draw down, there won't be a sunni left in iraq. too bad for them.

Posted by: cjm at July 27, 2005 1:35 PM

The Army & Marines can leave via Syria, the Air Force via Iran.

Posted by: b at July 27, 2005 1:56 PM
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