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January 21, 2009 5:08 PM

Exclusive: Iraq commander says Iraqi election outcome key to U.S. withdrawal

One day after President Barack Obama pledged that America would begin to "responsibly leave Iraq to its people," Gen. Ray Odierno, the commanding U.S. general in Iraq, said that if the country held peaceful elections this year, the relative calm that has settled on Iraq would be "irreversible."

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