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“This will allow us to say definitively that the Iraq War is over and that the partnership between the U.S. and Iraq will be a normal one between two sovereign nations,” the official said. “During their conversation, President Obama and Maliki strongly agreed that this is the best way forward for both countries.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said today that he backs Obama’s announcement.
“I received a call from the White House this morning,” the Nevada Democrat said. “I fully support the president.”
Reid noted that he is not concerned about the potential influence of Iran in Iraq.
“I think we are well-equipped, as we are, [for] keeping a real close eye on Iran,” Reid said. “Iran is the country in that part of the world that is way behind the times. It’s a country made up of a lot of young people, and they should be aware that the [Arab] Spring that hit all of that part of the world is about to hit them.”
Humberto Sanchez contributed to this report.