April 29th, 2009
09:00 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama: Uptick in Iraq violence won't affect withdrawal plans

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Wednesday that a recent uptick in violence in Iraq won't impact his plan for a phased military withdrawal.

"Civilian deaths, incidents of bombings ... remain very low relative to what was going on last year," Obama said during a prime-time news conference on his 100th day in office. "You having seen the kinds of spikes that you were seeing for a time. The political system is holding and functioning in Iraq."

Obama said more details need to be nailed down before U.S. troops leave Iraq - including how oil revenues will be divided, what the powers of provincial governments there will be and the political relationships between minority Kurds, Sunnis and Shiias - including the armed Sons of Iraq groups.

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  1. Martin J. Clancy

    I feel that the president has to stay flexible with his time -table on Iraq. If the forces that be are going to step up their attacks, suicide bombings, etc., Obama will have to adjust his policy. We can not leave this country in chaos, after all, it was our goverment who created this tragedy, and I feel for Obama, having to clean this, and several other major messes, left behind, up! He must show stoic resolve, to help fix this countrys' problems.

    April 29, 2009 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  2. demwit

    Of course not, nothing will!

    Oh wait.., did I say that aloud?

    April 29, 2009 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |