Obama May Break Iraq Withdrawal Promise

Iraq checkpoint

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President Barack Obama is willing to leave 10,000 U.S. troops in Iraq into next year over concerns the current draw-down schedule is leading to renewed militant attacks, the Los Angeles Times reported. The plan would put Obama on the wrong side of his promise to remove all U.S. troops from the country by the end of 2011.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said the U.S. had not yet received a request from the Iraqi government to delay the withdrawal, but is planning for that eventuality.

“There’s only so much time here available for the Iraqi government to make such a request,” he said yesterday. “If they do, we will consider it. Otherwise, we are keeping on schedule.”

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