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Monday, November 21, 2005

Iraq Leaders Demand Timetable

The Bush Administration will most likely not honor the demand, but this is the first -- or at least the most overt -- time the Iraqi leaders have stood up to their occupiers:

Iraqi leaders, meeting at a reconciliation conference in Cairo, urged an end to violence in the country and demanded a timetable for the withdrawal of coalition troops from Iraq.

In a final statement, read by Arab League chief Amre Moussa, host of the three-day summit, they called for "the withdrawal of foreign troops according to a timetable, through putting in place an immediate national program to rebuild the armed forces." No date was specified.

"The Iraqi people look forward to the day when the foreign forces leave Iraq, when it's armed and security forces will be rebuilt and when they can enjoy peace and stability and get rid of terrorism," the leaders said in the statement. The session was broadcast live from the Egyptian capital by al-Jazeera.

On a cynical note, it will interesting to see how the demand plays out on the political stage. But more importantly, this could be a sign of hope for the future of Iraq and its people.

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