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As U.S. Announces Withdrawal of 8,000 Troops from Iraq, Leaked U.S.-Iraqi Draft Agreement Envisions Indefinite Occupation
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 :On the heels of President Bush's announcement of the withdrawal of 8,000 U.S. troops from Iraq by February of next year, we speak to Iraqi blogger and political analyst Raed Jarrar. He has translated a recently leaked draft of an Iraqi-US agreement that outlines the long-term status of US forces in Iraq. Jarrar says the agreement does not set a deadline for the withdrawal of non-combat US troops in Iraq.
President Bush announced Tuesday that he would withdraw 8,000 troops from Iraq by February of next year. He also called for a “quiet surge” in the number of US troops in Afghanistan. The President outlined his plan in a speech at the Naval War College.
Democratic Presidential nominee senator Barack Obama criticized President Bush for keeping troop levels in Iraq largely unchanged. Speaking in Ohio Tuesday the Senator said: “In the absence of a timetable to remove our combat brigades, we will continue to give Iraq’s leaders a blank check instead of pressing them to reconcile their differences.”
Raed Jarrar, Iraqi blogger, political analyst and architect. he is a consultant to the American Friends Service Committee’s Iraq program in Washington DC.LISTEN ONLINE