Ambassador Says Early U.S.
Troop Withdrawal Would Be Mistake
Gerry J. Gilmore
early withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq would be a catastrophic
mistake, Iraq’s Ambassador to the United
we set out a date now for a complete withdrawal [of U.S. forces
from Iraq}, you can bet your bottom dollar that the terrorists
will be waiting for
that date and attacking and launching their biggest attacks” on Iraqi
civilians and government institutions, Samir Sumaidaie told CNN Late Edition
news show host Wolf Blitzer.
Department’s emergency fiscal 2007 supplemental requests
includes $93.4 billion to help fund U.S. forces in Iraq, Afghanistan
and elsewhere in the global war on terror. The U.S. House of
Representatives passed a defense funding bill that
requires U.S. combat troops to depart Iraq by Aug. 31, 2008,
and also includes some domestic spending measures.
and police are stepping up and “taking charge,” Sumaidaie
said, as part of Operation Law and Order, the U.S., coalition
and Iraqi security forces’ campaign targeting insurgents
and terrorists operating in Baghdad and al Anbar province in
Iraqi security forces recently conducted some major arrests
of terrorists in Mosul and Basra, he said.
too soon to withdraw American forces from Iraq while the terrorists “are
really feeling the pinch” due to Operation Law and Order,
the ambassador emphasized.
we’re in this together. We’ve got to come out of
it together,” Sumaidaie declared.
appreciate all that the United States has done for them, Sumaidaie
said, noting that while Iraqis wish that the violence in their
country would someday end, they understand why the United States’ military
is in Iraq.
terrorists and other violent groups in Iraq continue to attack
innocent Iraqi citizens, soldiers and police, well as U.S.
servicemembers, he noted.
al Qaeda to stop attacking us and get al Qaeda to say that
they will not attack the United States. They will not,” Sumaidaie
pointed out. “And, as long as our civilians and your
civilians are in danger we have to keep going until we defeat