U.S. senior military officer said U.S. troops may withdraw from Baghdad within 10 months (Figure)
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BEIJING, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) U.S. top commander in Iraq, Petraeus said, in view of the Iraqi capital Baghdad reduce violent conflict, the U.S. military could begin to withdraw within 10 months in Baghdad.
Petraeus is in receiving “Financial Times” interview revealed the news.
According to “Lianhe Zaobao,” reported that as the United Nations mandate at the end of the year’s end, the United States and Iraq are preparing to finalize a security protocol, to discuss the problems the U.S. military presence in Iraq. There are currently about 145,000 U.S. military presence in Iraq, and Petraeus was referring to about 16,000 troops stationed in Baghdad.
Asked whether U.S. troops could leave Baghdad by July next year, Petraeus said: “The recent incidents of violence occurred in Baghdad, the average number of less than 5 per day from the view of this U.S. military circumstances permit it is possible to withdraw in July next year. “
Iraqi leaders that the United States and Iraq have agreed on in 2011 one of them, as the date of withdrawal of U.S. forces in Iraq. But U.S. officials have said negotiations were still ongoing. Washington has been reluctant to develop a timetable for withdrawal.