28 February 2009
|Nouri al-Maliki (file photo)|
He also said Saturday that the U.S. has agreed on the need to provide Iraq with more weapons and other military equipment.
U.S. President Barack Obama briefed Mr. Maliki on the withdrawal plans Friday, before making an announcement at Camp Lejeune, a U.S. military base in the southeastern state of North Carolina.
Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi also hailed the U.S. pullout, though he said Saturday that the U.S. still has a responsibility to further prepare Iraqi forces.
|President Barack Obama speaks about combat troop levels in Iraq as he addresses military personnel at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, 27 Feb 2009|
About 142,000 U.S. troops are currently serving in Iraq.