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February 27, 2009
Obama announces 18-month withdrawal timetable for Iraq

U.S. President Barack Obama announced a timetable for the withdrawal of most — but not all — American forces from Iraq on Friday at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

Some 140,000 U.S. troops are currently in Iraq. The president’s plan establishes an 18-month timetable for the withdrawal of most of them, expected to start soon.

Obama also made it clear that the future of Iraq will soon be in the hands of Iraqis themselves. Not all the U.S. troops will come home — to help the Iraqis, as many as 50,000 U.S. troops will remain behind. It’s expected that some of them will still be in the line of fire, including on patrol.

Michael Wahid Hanna, a specialist on the Middle East and international security with the Century Foundation, joins Martin Savidge to discuss what the remaining troops will do, the capability of Iraq’s security forces and Iraq’s future.

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#11

Boris: It seems to me that you are the one who is missing that. So you are a Zionist, but not a Jew? or are you both, and that is why you love killing Palestinians

#10

To Susan: You even don’t understand the differents between Judaism and Zionism. Ask your jewish historin. Boris D.

#9

Boris: Judaism was founded in the Middle East and Semetic people have no green eyes. Looking at most European Jews one wounders if there was a onversion or what!!!!!

#8

To Susan Walsh: Different opinion does not mean “brain was”!!
We don’t need to be converted in to Judaism! Most of us are Jews in all generations and we practice Jeudaism for 3500 years. You should know that Zionist movement started in Russia in 19 century.
Boris D.

#7

To Brain washed Brois: I would like to know when and why did your grand parents convert to Judiasm? As far as I am concerend you can live in Israel, but do not kill children and do not cut trees, and do not demolish homes of natives and do not ethnicly cleanse Hebron, Jerusalem from its native citizens. The UN gave you enough land to live, but you want more at the expense of the natives

#6

To Susan Walsh: All history of Arabs expansion was killings of millions of natives and ethic cleansing of many nations. Time came for Arabs to give back the Land they steal from Jews.
We are not “people who just came from USSR”; we are Jews who pray for centuries to come back to Holy Land.
But because Arabs do not want live in peace we will fight.We are back for good.
Please, correct me if I am wrong in numbers Palestinians have been killed by HAMAS in Gaza.
Boris D.

#5

Boris: none is using anything, facts are clear in the case of Israel. All what you said is wishiful thinking, that you can not back up at all. But in the case of Israel, evacuation of natives from thier homes is amazing. Silwan will be ethicly cleansed from its native population in favor for people like you who just came from the former USSR

#4

HAMAS brutally ruled Gaza for 3 years for that period of time they kill, torture, arrested 3-5 thousand Palestinians , where are Arab control media; where are “human rights” activists, where is UN, where is Arab League or they are control by Jews, too!!!
Humanitarian crisis in is Gaza created by Iran and Syria. They are cowardly using this crisis in propaganda war against Israel, because they could not defeat Israel in conventional war.
Boris D.

#3

Steve and Sandra:The answer is very simple, most news anchors and producers on the local and the national level are Jews who simply feel that Israel should not be criticized. The crimes committed by Israel against the Palestinians are no less than any war crimes that many African leaders are serving jail for, but when it comes to Israel, the media chickens out, and none dares to speak. Even those who speak begin by equating occupation with resistance, and blame the Palestinians for seeking their god given right: freedom. The forceful eviction of more than 1500 residents of Silwan in Jerusalem is ethnic cleansing, but worldfocus never mentioned it yet!!!!!!!

#2

Good point Sandra. Why the news blackout, indeed?

#1

Why the news black out on the humanitarian crisis in Gaza?

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