MILITARY::U.S. combat brigade to leave Iraq well ahead of schedule – CNN

By at October 15, 2011 | 5:23 pm | Print

MILITARY::U.S. combat brigade to leave Iraq well ahead of schedule – CNN

El Paso, Texas (CNN) — A brigade of U.S. troops originally scheduled to be among the very last to leave Iraq is being pulled out of the country months ahead of its planned departure, military officials said Saturday.

The announcement follows news this month that a deal to keep American troops in Iraq past a December 31, 2011, deadline to withdraw was on shaky ground after Iraqi leadership said any remaining U.S. forces would not be granted immunity from Iraqi prosecution. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and other top brass have repeatedly said any deal to keep U.S. troops in Iraq beyond the withdrawal deadline must require a guarantee of legal protection for American soldiers.

 

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