Iraqis Take Over Security of Cities

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Landis82, Jun 29, 2009.

  1. As per the "Iraqi Security Agreement" that George Bush negotiated with the Iraqi Parliament last Summer, and designed by General David Patraeus:

    Associated Press
    Kim Gamel and Patrick Quinn

    BAGHDAD – Iraqi forces assumed formal control of Baghdad and other cities Tuesday after American troops handed over security in urban areas in a defining step toward ending the U.S. combat role in the country. A countdown clock broadcast on Iraqi TV ticked to zero as the midnight deadline passed for U.S. combat troops to finish their pullback to bases outside cities.

    "The withdrawal of American troops is completed now from all cities after everything they sacrificed for the sake of security," said Sadiq al-Rikabi, a senior adviser to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. "We are now celebrating the restoration of sovereignty."