Iraq withdrawal orders soon: Obama aide

Barack Obama will ask his military commanders to come out with a plan to withdraw troops from Iraq...

Written by Press Trust Of India | Washington | Published:January 19, 2009 12:37 am

Barack Obama will ask his military commanders to come out with a plan to withdraw troops from Iraq,a day after being sworn in as President of the US,a top aide to the President-elect has said.

“Yes,” David Axelrod,Senior Advisor to Obama,told the ABC news channel in an interview if the President-elect would give that command when he meets his military commanders on January 21,a day after becoming the US President.

“Well,that was something that he’s consistently said,” Axelrod said,when referred to the President-elect’s promise of withdrawing troops from Iraq in 16 months of coming to power.

“Obama believes that that is a reasonable timetable. We’ve moved a great distance from the time he started talking about that,and now we’re in an area where everyone agrees that we should be on a path to withdrawing those troops,” he said. “And he is going to begin that process,as promised,on that day,” Axelrod said.

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