» This Story:Read +| Comments
Facebook Twitter Your Phone Friendfeed
Note: Please upgrade your Flash plug-in to view our enhanced content.

Biden: U.S. Will Comply with Iraq Government on Withdrawal

Network News

X Profile
View More Activity
By Scott Wilson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, September 17, 2009; 3:07 PM

BAGHDAD, Sept. 17 -- Vice President Biden said Thursday that the United States would comply with Iraq's wishes in deciding when to withdraw troops, as Iraqi leaders weigh whether to push for an accelerated pullout from the country.

This Story

Speaking to reporters in Baghdad, Biden declined to say whether he believed that the Iraqi government would move to alter the so-called status-of-forces agreement. But the vice president, who like other administration officials has sought to avoid the appearance of interfering in Iraqi affairs, said that whatever decision is made, "we will abide by it."

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, whom Biden met during the vice president's three-day trip to Iraq, has expressed support for a proposed referendum that would hasten by a year the 2011 withdrawal deadline for all U.S. forces in Iraq. Under the current agreement, the 130,000-member U.S. military force in Iraq will be reduced to roughly 50,000 by August.

» This Story:Read +| Comments

More World Coverage

Foreign Policy

Partner Site

Your portal to global politics, economics and ideas.


Connect Online

Share and comment on Post world news on Facebook and Twitter.

day in photos

Day in Photos

Today's events from around the world, captured in photographs.

© 2009 The Washington Post Company

Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity