This really all depends on the meaning of the word “troops” to Maliki. He has been trying to change the terms, saying that troops will leave but “trainers,” who would be members of the US military, would be allowed to stay to assist Iraqi security forces. Maliki has even said in the past that he could bypass the Iraqi Parliament under such an arrangement, and permit trainers to stay. As noted above, there is a negotiating process underway between Iraq and the US on some manner of training.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday August 30, 2011 1:55 pm|
|By: David Dayen Monday August 23, 2010 11:45 am|
Meanwhile, a US soldier died in Iraq yesterday, after a rocket strike near Basra. This was the first casualty since the withdrawal of combat forces.