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US general says Iraq can do without Spanish troops, others ask them to stay
But US Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez, speaking in former dictator Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, said Tuesday: 'if that is their decision, we can adopt readily to compensate for the loss of those forces.
'The impact for me in the country is that we will have to adapt our foot prints ... in central-south,' Sanchez said, referring to Iraq's five provinces garrisoned by a Polish-led multinational division that includes the Spanish forces.
'The greater impact strategically on the coalition has yet to be determined,' Sanchez said.
Interim Governing Council member Mahmud Ali Othman downplayed a potential abandonment.
'I am convinced that Iraq's security will not be affected by the withdrawal of Spanish forces from Iraq,' he said, arguing that he did not believe it would have a major effect on the security situation.
But Iraqi foreign minister Hoshyar Zebari has urged Spain not to withdraw its troops from his country, The Times of London reported Tuesday.
Zebari was quoted as saying Spanish troops were performing an 'honourable mission' at a key stage in Iraq's history.
'We think we are going through a critical time of transition. We need greater international commitment, not a weakened commitment.'"
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