Iraqi President Says Country Still Needs Americans

By: AP
By: AP

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's president says his country faces huge shortcomings defending its airspace and seas, and that Iraqi military commanders want American military training help.

In an interview with Iraqi state TV broadcast Friday, Jalal Talabani said he's read numerous reports by senior Iraqi army officers who all said the nation needs some sort of U.S. presence.

The U.S. and Iraq failed to agree on whether to keep American troops in Iraq into next year, and the U.S. military will pull out all its troops from the country by January.

Iraqi officials balked at giving the American forces the legal protections that Washington wanted.

Talabani is a Kurd from northern Iraq. The Kurds were the only political group in Iraq openly supporting a further American military presence in Iraq.


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  • by real observations Location: cs on Nov 26, 2011 at 03:19 PM
    No. If they haven't picked up on the training they've received these past 10 years, obviously there's no hope for them. Time to start fighting your own battles Iraq.
  • by Ed on Nov 25, 2011 at 01:18 PM
    Tim Tebow thanked our military which makes it possible for him to play in a football game. With PR like that there's no point in expecting the US to get out of the war business.
  • by Jerry on Nov 25, 2011 at 12:58 PM
    We need these Sand Fleas for "why" and what do we get out of it for our Soldiers lives?
  • by Anonymous on Nov 25, 2011 at 11:57 AM
    It is clearly staed in our Constitution that we are responsible for Iraq
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