Iraq Insists on Withdrawal Timetable

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President Bush has been adamant against setting specific deadlines for pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq.  However in the past two days, two Iraqi leaders have suggested otherwise.

For the first time ever, the Iraqi prime minister says he is considering setting a timetable for U.S. troop withdrawals from his country.

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"We are looking at the necessity of terminating the foreign presence on Iraqi lands and restoring full sovereignty," Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said to Arab ambassadors.

This statement comes right in the middle of talks between the U.S. and Iraq on a long-term security agreement.

The agreement is supposed to address issues such as Iraq's sovereignty. Other issues discussed include whether private contractors be subject to Iraqi law and whether U.S. forces have the legal authority to detain Iraqi citizens.

The White House says negotiations and discussions are ongoing every day, but "these are not talks on a hard date for a withdrawal."

Iraq's national security adviser, Mouwaffak al-Rubaie, took al-Maliki's troop timeline comments one step further.

"We will not accept any memorandum of understanding that does not have specific dates to withdraw foreign forces from Iraq," said al-Rubaie.

This all seems to be a new-found confidence from Iraq's government.

A recent American report card gives Iraqis a satisfactory rating on 15 of the 18 benchmarks set for the country.  Violence is at its lowest level in four years and Iraqi leaders say the terrorists have been defeated.

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