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Iraq ready to kick U.S. out of green zone

Iraq ready to kick U.S. out of green zone

Times Online
July 13, 2008

The green zone of Baghdad, a highly fortified slice of American suburbia on the banks of the Tigris river, may soon be handed over to Iraqi control if the increasingly assertive government of Nouri al-Maliki, the prime minister, gets its way.

A senior Iraqi government official said this weekend the enclave should revert to Iraqi control by the end of the year. “We think that by the end of 2008 all the zones in Baghdad should be integrated into the city,” said Ali Dabbagh, the government’s spokesman.

“The American soldiers should be based in agreed camps outside the cities and population areas.

“By the end of the year, there will be no green zone,” he added. “The separation by huge walls makes people feel angry.” Dabbagh acknowledged that getting rid of the green zone would be a huge undertaking, given the thousands of American soldiers, private contractors and foreign workers who live inside. He said the concrete walls that divide it from the rest of the city would be taken down slowly, “depending on the threat and circumstances”.

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British government ‘to pull troops out of Iraq by mid-2009’

Michael Smith
London Times
July 13, 2008

The government is aiming to pull the vast majority of British troops out of Iraq by the middle of next year, defence sources have revealed.

While there are no plans to withdraw before George W Bush hands over to the new American president at the turn of the year, the decision is now expected to be made “in the first half of 2009”.

Only troops training Iraqi military or police and special forces are likely to stay, unless there is a sharp change for the worse.

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7498904.stm

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dy../07/13/AR2008071301644_pf.html

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http://ph.news.yahoo.com/ap/200807..weapon-d3b07b8.html?printer=1

U.S. Considers Increasing Pace of Iraq Pullout
http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/07/13/america/13military.php

 


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