Iraq government confirms: No change in US withdrawal time-table
The Iraqi government has reiterated its pledge to a June 30 deadline for the pullout of American troops from all cities and towns and their final withdrawal from the country by the end of 2011. "The Iraqi government is committed to the dates for the agreed-upon withdrawal of American forces from all the cities and towns by June 30 of this year," government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh conveyed, according to AFP.
The Iraqi official noted his country will also insist on the 2011 deadline. "These dates cannot be extended and they are in keeping with the process of transitioning and handing over responsibility to Iraqi security forces, according to what was agreed upon."
Doubts regarding the deadlines have surfaced following a deadly wave of car bombings in recent weeks. On Monday, a car bomb went off near the Iraqi Oil Ministry in the capital, killing one policeman and injuring three others, according to the AP.