Iraq PM Calls for Speedy Withdrawal of U.S Troops
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is in Iraq. At a joint meeting with Iraqi PM Ibrahim al-Jaafari today,
Jaafari said it is time to work on acoordinated transition of military control in the country from Americans to Iraqis. "Firstly, we should quicken the pace of training the Iraqi security forces, and secondly, there should be a close coordination in planning between the US-led coalition and the Iraqi government on security transition," Jaafari said. "We do not want to be surprised by a withdrawal that is not in connection with our Iraqi timing," he added.
For his part, Rumsfeld said there is no exact timetable for the US troops withdrawal, but he also said "we confirm and we desire speed in that regard."
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