US Official: No Decision On Troop Levels In Iraq

By: AP
By: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A senior State Department nominee is telling Congress that the Obama administration has made no final decision on how many troops it may keep in Iraq beyond the end of this year.

Wendy Sherman told her Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday that the issue centers on Iraqi government interest in U.S. military trainers remaining in the country after Dec. 31, when all U.S. troops are to depart under a 2008 U.S.-Iraqi agreement. Sherman is the nominee to become the undersecretary of state for policy.

Pentagon press secretary George Little said the State Department is leading the troop discussions with Iraq. He declined to discuss the internal deliberations. Other officials have said the U.S. is considering a range of options that could leave several thousand troops there beyond 2011.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Anonymous on Sep 7, 2011 at 09:03 PM
    Lindsey Graham is on FNC talking about how iraq has no air force and the cops need more training. Looks like we'll be there for another 10, nevermind, we aren't leaving at all.
  • by Mayor Ryan on Sep 7, 2011 at 03:53 PM
    Everyone forgot about when the President announced "all (combat) troops returned home." What a waste of time. We don't have money or the authority to police and nationbuild the world. Get rid of military bases and come home. Ron Paul 2012.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 7, 2011 at 01:38 PM
    Depends on the number of troops we will have to keep in Pakistan, Iraq, etc.
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