US may stay in Iraq beyond 2011

2011-08-15 22:30

Cannon Falls - The White House said on Monday it would "consider" any Iraqi request for a US troop presence past 2011 as the war-torn country mourned the bloodiest violence in more than a year.

Spokesperson Jay Carney told reporters that Washington's "overall" posture "in terms of drawing down" was unchanged after the countrywide attacks, but that if Iraqi leaders "make some kind of request, we’ll certainly consider it".

His comments came after attacks in 17 cities across Iraq killed 67 people on Monday, including 40 in twin blasts blamed on al-Qaeda in the southern city of Kut, in the country's bloodiest day in more than a year.

The surge of violence raised questions over the competence of Iraq's forces after its leaders agreed to open talks with the United States over a military training mission to last beyond a projected year-end American withdrawal.

The attacks, which also wounded more than 300 people, were quickly condemned by Iraqi leaders, with parliament speaker Osama al-Nujaifi blaming security leaders for unspecified "violations".

In the worst attack, an 08:00 (05:00 GMT) roadside bomb in the center of Kut, 160km south of Baghdad, was followed minutes later by a nearby car bomb, medical and security officials said.

Carney spoke as US President Barack Obama travelled here to launch a three-day bus tour through states key to his 2012 re-election bid, looking to reassure US voters worried and angry about the sour US economy.

  • 420 - 2011-08-16 01:29

    Well that is the least you could do, seeing as though you invaded a country because the "tyrant definitely has WMD's", killed hundreds of thousands including the leader, and destabilised the country to the point of civil war... Its your mess, you clean it up..

      parody - 2011-08-16 02:06

      I see... so before America went to Iraq, it was a onderful stable, peaceful and prosperous country? Right? It hs always been and alway will be an absolute mess and a disgrace to humanity. America have only tried to help stabilise things there so idiots like yourself don't shout and scream when all descends into chaos, however this is the nature if it's people, it's dictators and it's policys. Enough trying to help these dspicable forms of humanity. Time to pack and take your troops home and let them fend for themselves... and let's just pray that teir trouble stays within domestic plains and does not affect our peacefull world.

      slg - 2011-08-16 03:48

      And the US did not kill hundreds of thousands of people and destabilize the country. That was, and remains, Al-Quaeda's responsibility. It's done this through thousands of suicide and car bombs, in every public place imaginable visited by innocent civilians. The US did make mistakes, though, no doubt about that. But catch a wake-up 420, you're talking drivel. Anyone with half a brain can see it.

      JJDXB - 2011-08-16 08:25

      Have you been there……..? don’t be an idiot……..don’t talk about things if you don’t have the facts.

      Luapolku - 2011-08-16 09:33

      Please see the ffg links to see how America helped.

      420 - 2011-08-16 10:07

      Following are some of the officially released statistics: -The US Spending in Iraq has reached almost $900 billion. This amounts to spending $5,000 per second -The cost of deploying 1 soldier: $390,000 -As of November 2010, there are 47,000 troops still in Iraq. By the end of 2007, there were more than 180,000 private contractors in Iraq. These included defense corporations like , Halliburton, Blackwater and Raytheon -The war has resulted in the death of 4,439 US troops and, according to some estimates, the Iraq civilian casualties stands at over 600,000 -More than 32,000 troops have been wounded. 20% are serious brain and spinal injuries. 30% develop serious mental health problems -In 2008, there were 15 times as many chronic deformities as previous year. 28% Iraqi children suffer from chronic malnutrition 82% of Iraqis strongly oppose the presence of coalition troops in their country So exactly how has the average citizen of Iraq or the US benefited from this war? @sig Alqaeda only formed a resistance in Iraq in 2004, 3 YEARS after the invasion... do your own research instead of believing what you are told..

      Zee - 2011-08-16 11:09

      @slg - why is it drivel? Because is isn't pro-US? Everything he said is fact - the US went in under false pretences of finding WMD's. They have yet to find any. They further destabilised Iraq with this fake war, leading to the deaths of hundreds of thousands, either directly or indirectly. So they never found what they are looking for, toppled the "regime" that they never agreed with, nearly caused an all-out civil war and they are still an occupying force today. What are they still doing there? So slg, please explain to us what the drivel you speak of actually means - instead of making baseless, emotional, pro-US statements. You expect everyone to love the US regardless of what they do - some of us actually like to look at the situation on the ground, from other's points of view too.

  • Jason - 2011-08-16 08:30

    LOL.. they talking bout going bankrupt , but they will pay billions to make war in other countries..

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