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US general worried about future of Iraq

2011-11-15 22:35

Washington - The US military's top officer, General Martin Dempsey, said on Tuesday he was concerned about the future of Iraq after the withdrawal of US forces at the end of the year.

"In anticipation of the question about whether I'm concerned about the future of Iraq, the answer is yes," Dempsey told the Senate armed services committee.

But the general said he agreed with President Barack Obama's decision to pull out troops given Iraq's refusal to grant legal immunity to American forces.

In a hearing focused on the departure of US forces, Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said he was confident that Iraq could manage its security and counter the influence of neighboring Iran.

"To be sure, Iraq faces a host of remaining challenges, but I believe Iraq is equipped to deal with them," Panetta told lawmakers.

Iraq's political leaders "basically reject what Iran's trying to do," he added.

Comments
  • Dirk - 2011-11-16 07:07

    How naive can one possibly be?

      Barry - 2011-11-18 21:24

      @Dirk..Not naive. Spot on.

      Fred - 2012-02-19 18:21

      As naive as you have been when attacked and hurt, as the US was on 9/11.

  • Derek - 2011-11-16 08:38

    The world was worried about the future of Iraq the moment US troops arrived!! They have destroyed a once magnificient and ancient civilization.

      Fred - 2012-02-19 18:24

      Yeah right. Did you enjoy Apartheid? Iraq was being ruled by a self-centered, violent tyrant who declared war on just about anyone. One million people died in Saddam's war on Iran. He gassed Kurds inside Iraq, invaded Kuwait. Yet the likes of you overlook these events, in your rabid, obsessed, faulty view of the so-called West, all the while using the West's inventions. Grow up.

      Fidel - 2012-02-19 18:35

      The U.S. shouldn't be allowed anywhere near other nations. It brings only destruction and death and leaves chaos (that's when it leaves).

      Fred - 2012-02-19 18:40

      The US has a dark side, like all other countries. It's a lot lighter than your heroes the violent, despotic states run by Saddam Hussein, Moamar Gaddafi, Bashar Assad and Ayatollah Komeini/Ahmedinejad.

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