Sadrists: Biden’s visit to Iraq aims to put pressure on Baghdad to extend the U.S. presence

Posted: July 11, 2011 in Iraqi Dinar/Politics
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Erbil, July 11 (Rn) – The spokesman for the Liberal bloc, one of the components of the Sadrist movement, his belief that the upcoming visit of U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden to Iraq to placate the Iraqi government and pressure in order to extend the stay of U.S. forces in the country.

He said Salah al-Obeidi told the Kurdish news agency (Rn) announced today that “Washington is seeking a variety of ways to put pressure on officials of Baghdad in order to further extend the U.S. presence in Iraq after the expiration of the survival of its troops by the end of the year 2011,” noting that “it is contrary to the security agreement between Baghdad and Washington “.

He added that “U.S. forces have the full Alalomat Qaida and the armed groups, but they do not disclose such information to the Iraqi security forces as it should, which makes the political leaders to accept the extension of the stay of U.S. forces in the country, but this is a flagrant violation of the security agreement” .

According to Obeidi, “according to the security agreement, it is incumbent on the United States to provide intelligence and logistical support to the Iraqi army until the full withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country, but the American side has not committed yet to this item in the Convention, while preparing Iraqi forces to take over the security of the country, and do not need to U.S. forces, but Iraqi officials underestimate the potential and capabilities of the Iraqi army. ”

He stressed “the need to resolve this issue as soon as possible, because the survival of U.S. forces in Iraq resulted in the reactions of real with the political parties,” noting that “the House of Representatives should be to host Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and a number of ministers and senior officials of the country as soon as possible to discuss the on the withdrawal or extension of stay of U.S. forces in Iraq. ”

Obeidi said that “if the political parties reached a solution to their problems, to reach a decision to resolve the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country would be easy.”

The United States has withdrawn some of its end of June 2009 from Iraqi cities and handed over the security file, where the Iraqi security services, under the “Sofa” signed between Baghdad and Washington in 2008, and provides items to hand over all military bases of the U.S. Army The NATO mission in accordance with a schedule expires at the end of 2011 before the U.S. forces to reduce its forces to 50 thousand troops.

Under the security agreement signed between the two sides in 2008 a full withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of the year 2011.

The Army Chief of Staff Babacar Zebari said the Iraqi’s (Rn) the end of March / last March that the Iraqi security forces are ready and fully prepared to repel any emergency in the cities, pointing out that the biggest weakness in the composition of the Iraqi army is in the Air Force.

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