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Thursday, August 14, 2008


U.S. out?

Let me be the first to report the news, via Press TV:
The US has agreed to a conditional timetable for a phased withdrawal from Iraq within three years, Iraqi FM Hoshyar Zebari says.

Under the terms of a draft pact, the US combat troops will start pulling out from Iraqi main cities next summer depending on the security situation on the ground, the British Times newspaper quoted Iraqi chief diplomat Hoshyar Zebari as saying on Thursday.

Zebari said the agreement has 'no provision' for permanent US military bases in Iraq but legalizes US military presence in the country after the expiry of the UN mandate at the end of 2008.

He said when the agreement comes into force the US troops cannot unilaterally launch attacks inside Iraq, adding that deal is 'very close' to being finalized.
We'll see what happens. Note the careful postponement of anything concrete until "next summer," and that "depends." The work of the antiwar movement is far from done.

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