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Iraqi Election Uncertain; Troops Drawdown Could Be Affected

July 1, 2018
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BAGHDAD, Oct. 13 — American officials in Baghdad urged Iraqi lawmakers Tuesday to pass an election law crucial for organizing a January vote that the Obama administration considers key to withdrawing U.S. combat troops. (Washington Post — 14 October, 2009)
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By the end of October, American troop strength in Iraq will be 120,000, a decrease of 23,000 since January, the top United States military spokesman, Brig. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza, said Monday. (New York Times — 13 October, 2009)
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Although the U.S. government would prefer that the Iraqi elections be held on time, a delay would not affect the schedule of troop withdrawal, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq said Friday. (CNN — 23 hours ago)
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