Thursday, November 30, 2006

Iraqi forces can take over by June 2007

Iraqi forces can take over by June 2007, says PM Top News "AMMAN (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Thursday his government's forces would be able to take over security command from U.S. troops by June 2007 -- a move which could allow the United States to start withdrawing.
'I cannot answer on behalf of the U.S. administration but I can tell you that from our side our forces will be ready by June 2007,' Maliki told ABC television after meeting President Bush in Jordan.
Bush offered him strong backing in their talks and said Iraqi forces would be trained more quickly to take over but rejected suggestions he was seeking a 'graceful exit' for U.S. troops. "

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