Maliki Ally: ‘We Shouldn’t Agree To Keep American Troops After 2011’

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani’s deadline for Iraqi lawmakers to decide whether to ask for U.S. troops to stay past 2011 came and went last weekend and it appears leaders there aren’t talking about it. CNN reports that Talabani’s office declined request for comment and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s office referred questions to Talabani. However, it appears unlikely that an ask is on the horizon. “Let me tell you something,” said Hassan al-Sineid, a member of Maliki’s party, “whether the Iraqi army is able or unable to protect Iraq’s borders from external aggression, we shouldn’t agree to keep some American troops after 2011.” U.S. military spokesman Army Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan said it is becoming “less feasible” for the military to support a new request for U.S. troops to stay past 2011. Indeed, as the AFP reports today, “the signs are everywhere: US forces are packing up to leave Iraq more than eight years after they first arrived.”