Iraqis heard saying, please abandon us and go away you evil degenerate!

clipped from news.yahoo.com

Clinton: US stands by Iraqis, withdrawal on track

By MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press Writer Matthew Lee, Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton tried to reassure nervous Iraqis that the U.S. won’t abandon them, even as she said the American troop withdrawal would stay on schedule despite a recent surge in violence.

“Our strategy in working with you may be in a new phase, but we pledge our full and continuing commitment to Iraq and the Iraqi people,” she told a news conference after meeting Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari.

“As we drawn down militarily we will deepen our civilian cooperation,” Clinton said, standing beside Zebari in an auditorium at the Foreign Ministry.

The withdrawal will proceed in a “responsible and careful way,” she said, and would not affect efforts to improve Iraq’s security forces, or complete reconstruction and development projects.
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