Iraq PM urges speedy US pullout


Iraq's interim Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari has called for US troops to leave the country soon, but added no timetable had been set for withdrawal.
Mr Jaafari was speaking in a joint press conference with US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who is in Baghdad on a surprise visit.

Mr Jaafari asked the US to train Iraqi troops faster and to begin handing security control over to local forces.

The top US commander in Iraq has said a withdrawal could begin in the spring.

Gen George Casey, speaking before Mr Jaafari made his comments, said if elections went ahead as planned at the end of the year and security improved, "we will still be able to make fairly substantial reductions... in the spring and summer of next year".
Straw , clutch etc etc
An attempt to appease the insurgents/ angry iraqis, without any real consequences/action?

Must be learning from tone :roll:
Iraq getting antsy over sucking on the US and wants America to pull out before having to swallow...

This is all posturing, isn't it?.. makes them look good in the eyes of the others in the region by showing they're ' independent ' etc., but no timetable so that , as long as insurgents are blowing stuff up, it will be American troops getting hit not Iraqis..doesn't stop the problem of insurgents hitting cop shops and recruiting centres, though...
Or a fig leaf for America to finally get the hell out of Dodge?
Or maybe the Iraqi PM feels that the presence of foreign troops in his country is causing most of the current trouble ? The locals will stop supporting imported jihadis and either kick them out or slot them. All he's got to do then is avoid the civil war ...
what do the yanks do now make somthing up about the Iranians and turn to the east and crack on whilst we secure Afgan!! Does that sound like a plan or does that sound like a plan??


PS god I am getting Jaded
From Thursdays Telegraph
"Blair pledge to get forces out as soon as possible
By George Jones, Political Editor
(Filed: 28/07/2005)

Britain wants to hand over military control in Iraq as soon as Baghdad's forces are ready to take control of security, Tony Blair said yesterday.
Ibrahim al-Jaafari, the transitional prime minister, called for a swift withdrawal of US troops - something America's senior general in Iraq indicated could begin next spring."

Just what WE will leave behind does worry me.
I still say that now Britian is inheriting the seeds it sowed in the 1920's. Does Blur know what he has sown for the future ?
I'm not shure how BLiar's take on the situation squares with this from the MoD:

Scale of Iraq insurgency unforeseen, says MoD

Richard Norton-Taylor
Thursday July 28, 2005
The Guardian

The government admitted yesterday that it had failed to foresee the scale of potential insurgency in Iraq and that the invasion had left a "strategic vacuum" in the country.

The admissions were made in the government's official response to a highly critical Commons defence committee report on the handling of post-war operations in Iraq.

However, the Ministry of Defence gave no indication about when British troops might withdraw, restating its commitment to "continue until the job is done". It added: "We will remain in Iraq for as long as the Iraqi government judges that our forces are required to provide security and assist in the development of the Iraqi security forces".

Iraq's prime minister, Ibrahim al-Jaafari, said yesterday that his government wanted to see a speedy withdrawal of US troops. Speaking alongside the US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who is visiting the country, Mr Jaafari said the time had come to plan a coordinated transition from American to Iraqi military control.

"We do not want to be surprised by a withdrawal that is not in connection with our Iraqi timing," he said.

John Reid, the defence secretary, last month outlined a plan in which Britain would cut the number of its troops in Iraq from 8,500 to 3,000 by the middle of next year.

The Ministry of Defence admitted that "while some planning took place to deal with the likely disaffection following the invasion of Iraq, an insurgency on the scale that subsequently followed was not foreseen."
Clutching at straws is one thing, but this is either symptomatic of serious lack of co-ordination in MB, or the politicans are lying to us. Hmmmm....decisions, decisions.....

The story is here.