The US troops will leave Iraq by 2011, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has said and ruled out the possibility of extension of their stay any more as Iraq's own forces were capable of confronting remaining threats to the country.
Maliki, speaking to the Wall Street Journal, said the new Iraqi government and the country's security forces were capable of confronting any remaining threats to its security, sovereignty and unity.
'The last American soldier will leave Iraq' as agreed, he said, speaking at his office in a leafy section of Baghdad's protected Green Zone. 'This agreement is not subject to extension, not subject to alteration. It is sealed.'