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Iraq - US Ground Forces Pullback Timeline?

I just came across this news report. It looks like an actual time line for US ground forces backing away from front-line combat ops in Iraq. It doesn't say the troops are coming home, but it does look like they're handing off to Iraq forces.

U.S. ground troops in Iraq done by mid-2009: general - Yahoo! News

U.S. ground troops in Iraq done by mid-2009: general

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. ground troops in Iraq will be mostly finished with security operations by the middle of 2009, the senior U.S. Army officer in charge of training Iraqi forces said on Wednesday.

"The ground forces will mostly be done by the middle of next year," Army Lt. Gen. James Dubik told the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee.

That could be between April and August, Dubik said.

Dubik declined to say when all U.S. forces, including naval and air forces, would be finished with Iraqi combat operations. He said that would depend on when the Iraqi government completes certain tasks, such as purchasing its own aircraft.

Dubik said in January that Iraqi forces could take over security in all of the country's 18 provinces by the end of 2008.

Dubik's comments come as officials in Iraq raise the prospect of setting a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. forces as part of negotiations over a new security deal with Washington. U.S. officials have said they oppose setting dates for withdrawal.

(Reporting by Andy Sullivan; Editing by Kristin Roberts)
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So, the American People want us out, the Iraqi People want us out, the world wants us out, who is keeping us in? The nutjob conservative wing of the GOP, that's who. In order to get everyone what they want, things are pretty simple: Bush out, Republican Senators out, Republican House members out. That is the only way this war will end, otherwise we will occupy this place against their will "for 100 years" as the Republicans say.

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