Monday, August 28, 2006

'Not long' before US troops can withdraw: Iraqi PM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki predicted it "will not be long" before US troops can start withdrawing from his country but would not commit to a timetable.

Maliki said in an interview with CNN that Iraqi security forces were growing stronger alongside the 138,000 US troops still in Iraq nearly three and a half years after the invasion to oust Saddam Hussein' "The more our security agencies have developed, the less the period will be for the (American) forces to remain," Maliki said through an interpreter.


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