Iraq Will Decide On U.S. Troop Extension In Two Weeks

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said yesterday that Iraq’s fractious political blocs will decide within two weeks whether to ask the United States for a continued troop presence beyond the withdrawal deadline at the end of this year. “We agreed that our brothers in the political parties are to consult their parties and come back again after two weeks with a final stand,” he said. Talibani’s chief of staff said the issue will be delayed until all political parties agree on who will fill the vacant interior and defense minister posts.