US says non-acceptance of security pact by Iraq could end its military presence there

October 23rd, 2008 - 6:27 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, Oct 23 (ANI): The US has warned Iraq of ending its military operations there if it rejects a newly negotiated security pact.

According to CBS News, the White House said the current legal basis for U.S. military operations in Iraq expires on December 31, and if the proposed security deal is not approved by that time, the United States would be forced to end its military operations there.

The White House also stated that Iraqi security forces are incapable of keeping the peace without U.S. troops.

White House Press Secretary Dana Perino said, “There will be no legal basis for us to continue operating there without that.”

“And the Iraqis know that. And so, we”re confident that they”ll be able to recognize this. And if they don”t, there will be real consequences, if Americans aren”t able to operate there,” added Perino.

“These statements are not welcomed in Iraq,” Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said in a statement.

“All Iraqis realize the volume of their responsibilities and they appreciate the importance of signing the pact or not in the way they deem it proper,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Iraq spokesman, Ali al-Dabbagh, said that all Iraqis realize the volume of their responsibilities and they appreciate the importance of signing the pact or not in the way they deem it proper.

“A compulsory method must not be imposed on their choice and it is improper to address Iraqis in such manner,” Al-Dabbagh added. (ANI)

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