Monday, March 8, 2010

IN THE NEWS: Iraqis, U.S. await vote results

Odierno sees troop withdrawal on schedule

BAGHDAD - Iraqi coalitions and political parties jockeyed Monday for position following the country's pivotal vote meant to usher in the next government, as the election commission reported that turnout was 62 percent — lower than a previous national vote in December 2005 but higher than in last year's provincial ballot.

Meantime, the top U.S. military officer for Iraq, Gen. Ray Odierno, said President Barack Obama's plan to remove combat troops from Iraq by Sept. 1 is proceeding on schedule.......

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