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U.S. Troop Extension in Iraq Hinges on Iranian Attacks

Any U.S. agreement to keep troops in Iraq beyond the planned Dec. 31 withdrawal should be contingent on Iraqi authorities cutting off the flow of Iranian weapons and training to the militias killing American soldiers, said Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

U.S. officials have said they would consider an Iraqi government request to keep some of the almost 50,000 troops in the country longer, to help secure air space and improve the Iraqi security force’s capabilities.