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PublishDate: Thursday, January 22, 2009 08:39

Obama asks military to plan for withdrawal from Iraq

(AFP)_ President Barack Obama said he asked top military commanders to draw up plans needed for a "responsible" withdrawal of US troops from Iraq. 

Obama said he issued the instructions in a meeting with the US ambassador to Iraq, the US military commander in Iraq, the commander for the region and top cabinet and national security officials.

The meeting was designed "to get a full update on the situation in Iraq," Obama said.

Obama had promised during his campaign to order US troops out of Iraq within 16 months.

The new president, who opposed the Iraq war, has said he wants to redeploy thousands of combat troops from the country to Afghanistan, where conditions have deteriorated and which he says is the prime front against Al-Qaeda.


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