ANKARA, Turkey— The United States' top military
officer says Washington does not plan to withdraw its weapons from Iraq
Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs
of Staff, said Saturday the US military has sought Turkish permission
to transport some noncombat equipment from Iraq through its territory.
says it looks favorably on the passage of such equipment and technical
material, but not arms, which would require parliament's approval.
In 2003, Turkey refused to allow US forces to use its territory to invade Iraq.
said his visit was not aimed at pressuring Turkey — NATO's sole Muslim
member state — to do more in Afghanistan but would welcome any help