The US may be allegedly pulling out of Iraq, but having battered the country with the war initiated and conducted by the Coalition of the Willing since 2003, the Iraqis don't want the US to leave the still strife-torn country. Why? Because the country is now a dangerous basket-case - with no stable government and an infrastructure which is poor to say the least.
BBC News reports:
"Iraq's top army officer has criticised as premature the planned US troop withdrawal by the end of next year.
Lt Gen Babaker Zebari warned that the Iraqi military might not be ready to take control for another decade.
The US says it is on target to end combat operations by the end of August and meet its deadline for removing all troops by the end of 2011.
It has 64,000 soldiers in Iraq. About 50,000 will remain until 2011 to train Iraqi forces and protect US interests.
Gen Zebari's warning echoes the remark by Saddam Hussein's former Foreign Minister Tarik Aziz last week that the Americans were "leaving Iraq to the wolves"."