Porter’s analysis of the final draft of the U.S.-Iraq status-of-forces agreement for governing the future U.S. military presence in Iraq finds that not only does it contain a clear deadline for withdrawal of U.S. combat troops by the end of 2011 but may not even permit a residual non-combat contingent after that date.
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Porter says these U.S. concessions represent a “crushing defeat” for Bush’s Iraq War policy that has insisted on an open-ended U.S. military presence at bases inside Iraq.
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