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Iraqi Lawmaker On U.S. Troops: ‘We Need Them To Leave The Country’

The Iraqi government is unlikely to decide anytime soon on whether to ask for an extended U.S. military presence in Iraq past 2011. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is reportedly considering an end around parliament to keep U.S. “trainers” in Iraq. But a Maliki ally said Iraq will need parliamentary approval if Iraqis need more than training assistance. Indeed, the Sadrists in Parliament still want the Americans gone no matter the pretense. “We need them to leave the country at the end of this year,” said Rafea Abdul Jabbar Nushi, a Sadrist legislator, adding, “The government tries to find excuses to let them stay under the cover of embassy protectors or as trainers for the security forces, but we reject all of these.” “I need the Americans with civilian suits, not military uniforms,” said Basra’s provincial governor. “We wish to have children thinking of education, not of violence,” he said. “We need the Americans’ help with that.”

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