July 2, 2009

[efoods]The ongoing presence of U.S. troops in Iraq “shows that the (Iraqi) government and the occupation are not serious about the withdrawal,” a key Shiite cleric in the country said Wednesday.

Muqtada al-Sadr made the statement on his Web site a day after U.S. forces withdrew from Iraqi cities and towns in accordance with the security agreement between the United States and Iraq.

About 131,000 American troops remain in the country, on bases and in outposts outside of population centers.

“The withdrawal should include all the occupation forces: army, intelligence, militias, and security companies and others. Otherwise, the withdrawal will be uncompleted and useless,” al-Sadr said.

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