President Obama says Iraq's peaceful elections aid pullout agenda - Metro US

President Obama says Iraq’s peaceful elections aid pullout agenda

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama says the peaceful elections in Iraq are good news for U.S. troops and their families.

Obama agreed with the suggestion that a substantial number of those troops could be home within a year.

The president says the U.S. is in a position to start putting more responsibility on the Iraqis, and that’s good news for not only the troops in the field but also their families.

Obama spoke in an interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer before the Super Bowl. Lauer asked Obama if he could assure the troops that a substantial number of them will be home a year from now.

Obama said: “Yes.”

Obama gave few details, but said the U.S. is going to roll out in a very formal fashion what its intentions are in Iraq as well as Afghanistan.

He said he has been talking with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and commanders on the ground.

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