“Why Its Iraqi “Client” Blocked U.S. Long-Term Presence” by Gareth Porter:
September 01, 2008, 1:00am
WASHINGTON, Sep 1 (IPS) – Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki signaled last week that that all U.S. troops — including those with non-combat functions — must be out of the country by the end of 2011 under the agreement he is negotiating with the George W. Bush administration.
That pronouncement, along with other moves indicating that the Iraqi position was hardening rather than preparing for a compromise, appeared to doom the Bush administration’s plan to leave tens of thousands of military support personnel in Iraq indefinitely.