U.S. Commander in Iraq gives positive assessments to Obama
U.S. Commander in Iraq Raymond Odierno on Wednesday briefed President Barack Obama on the situation in Iraq, three months before the United States is to pull its combat troops out of that country, Xinhua reported.
According to White House Spokesman Bill Burton, Odierno met Obama to brief him on security and political progress in Iraq.
Odierno provided a "positive assessment of the current security conditions and the ongoing transition of responsibilities to Iraqi security forces ahead of the change of mission of U.S. forces at the end of August," said Burton.
The U.S. government has reached an agreement with the Iraqi government to pull out U.S. troops before September. Odierno has said he expects to cut troops level in Iraq in half by the end of the summer, which would put the administration on track to fulfill its withdrawal commitment.
Obama and Odierno also discussed the steps taken by Iraq's federal supreme court to certify election results, as well as U.S. support for an inclusive government formation process, according to the White House.