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article imageWhite House denies reports of pulling troops in Iraq

By John Louie S. Ramos     Oct 15, 2011 in World
The White House and the Pentagon both denied a news report released on Saturday stating that the Obama administration had already decided to abandon its plans to keep US troops in Iraq.
The Associated Press earlier reported that a decision to withdraw all US troops in Iraq by January of next year has already been made by the administration. The AP report cited "a senior Obama administration official in Washington" and "a senior U.S. military official."
However, according to the Reuters, The White House has yet to decide regarding the issue.
White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said that the administration is committed to keep its agreement with Iraq to withdraw all US troops by the end of this year. Nevertheless, Vietor added that the administration is "building a comprehensive partnership with Iraq" – possibly a partnership that might go beyond the December 31 withdrawal deadline.
The US' Defense Department, through Pentagon press secretary George Little, also issued a similar statement denying the earlier AP report.
In 2008, the US government agreed to withdraw all US troops in Iraq, except for about 160 US marines stationed at the US embassy, by December 31, 2011. The decision to whether stick to the 2008 agreement or to forge a new one that will keep American military forces in Iraq has been hanging in the balance since early this year.
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