soldier_helps_iraqi_boy.jpg“The fact that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is calling on the United States to commit to a timeline for the withdrawal of U.S. troops is an indication of his newfound confidence in the ability of Iraq forces to eventually take over the task of providing security for the Iraqi people. It is a welcome sign that the Iraqi government is beginning to stand on its own feet and is looking forward to the day when full sovereignty will be returned to that nation.” (Read the full Opinion column at


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