Middle East

July 27, 2008

Petraeus won't join bandwagon for Iraq withdrawal timetable

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki and Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama may agree that U.S. combat troops should be gone from Iraq by the end of 2010 — and John McCain may be shifting positions. But Gen David Petraeus, the top U.S. military officer in Iraq, tells McClatchy that the situation in Iraq remains too volatile to "project out, and to then try to plant a flag on, a particular date."

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