Iraqi Security Adviser Discusses Withdrawal of U.S.-Led Forces

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Baghdad (AP) A top Iraqi official says his country plans to insist on specific dates for a pullout of “foreign forces” from Iraq.

Iraq's national security adviser Mouwaffak Al-Rubaie says his country won't agree to any security deal with the U.S. without such a timetable. The comments are the strongest yet by an Iraqi official about a deal now under negotiation with U.S. officials.

Violence in Iraq has fallen to its lowest level in four years. the change has been driven by the 2007 buildup of American forces, the Sunni tribal revolt against Al-Qaida in Iraq and crackdowns against Shiite militias and Sunni extremists.

Iraq's government has felt increasingly confident in recent weeks about its authority and the country's improved stability. The security adviser's comments come a day after similar remarks on the subject by Iraq's prime minister.

President Bush has said he opposes a timetable.

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