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Iraq rejects US request to maintain bases after troop withdrawal

• The Guardian

The US suffered a major diplomatic and military rebuff on Friday when Iraq finally rejected its pleas to maintain bases in the country beyond this year.

Barack Obama announced at a White House press conference that all American troops will leave Iraq by the end of December, a decision forced by the final collapse of lengthy talks between the US and the Iraqi government on the issue.

The Iraqi decision is a boost to Iran, which has close ties with many members of the Iraqi government and which had been battling against the establishment of permanent American bases.

Obama attempted to make the most of it by presenting the withdrawal as the fulfilment of one of his election promises.


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Comment by James Eldridge
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"The last American soldier will cross the border out of Iraq with their heads held high, proud of their success, (and knowing that the American people stand united in our support for our troops)," he said. "That is how America's military efforts in Iraq will end." - Don't count me in that group of American people.

  "international outrage over an (alleged) plot" - Still attempting to shove the lies into the minds of the public. How foolish of them. When are they going to get their heads out of their asses and realize that the rest of the world has woken up to what the US govenrment calls - alleded plots. Oh, a spoonful of poison makes the lies continue, but only in the mind of fools.
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