Democrat Wants Iraqis To Handle Combat

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
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U.S. Senator Ken Salazar, during a visit to Iraq, has called for a mission change for U.S. troops that will keep them out of harm's way as much as possible.

In a telephone interview Saturday, he says, "We need to send a message very loud and clear to the Iraqi leadership that they need to get their act together and that time has run out on them."

Salazar said the Iraqis need to know that the U.S. role will be more limited in the future.

The Colorado Democrat has been among a group that opposed a resolution calling for the immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops, but has supported recommendations of an Iraq study group.

It called for the beginning of a phased withdrawal of troops and negotiations with Iran and Syria.

Its group's recommendations have been unable to get a vote in the Senate.

Salazar appears now to be taking another tact.

He said that in addition to a phased withdrawal, U.S. troops need to be shifted to training and other roles that will keep them out of danger as much as possible.

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