Iraq envoy: US troop boost would help security

January 21, 2007 23:20

Baghdad's ambassador to Washington said Sunday that President George W. Bush's plan to increase US troop levels in Iraq would give his country time to reform its own security forces. Ambassador Samir Sumaidaie, speaking on CNN, warned of the consequences of a US withdrawal of troops. "I think that would create a vacuum, and the only people who would benefit from the vacuum is the terrorists, the criminals and those of our regional powers next to Iraq who want to make use of this opportunity," Sumaidaie said.

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