Obama: Bring Troops Home by End of '08

Senator supports pullout of one or two brigades each month
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 12, 2007 4:44 PM CDT
Democratic Presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama,D-Ill, left, and Sen. Hillary Clinton,D-NY, greets each other at the conclusion of the Democratic primary debate hosted by Univision at the Bank Atlantic...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Iraq troop withdrawals should be completed by the end of next year, Barack Obama says in a speech obtained by Reuters that was to be delivered in Iowa tonight. “We have to begin to end this war now,” the Democratic presidential candidate demands; his plan calls for one or two US combat brigades to leave Iraq each month, with all troops out by the end of 2008.

The Illinois senator proposed a new constitutional convention in Iraq aimed at achieving political reconciliation and voiced support for Nouri al-Maliki, the target of US officials frustrated with the prime minister’s inability to heal sectarian wounds. But Obama struck hard at Hillary Clinton, the AFP says, hinting that her early support of the war suggested a lack of judgment.