Gates: US open to request from Iraq to stay
The United States is release to the idea of keeping troops in Iraq history a deadline to depart next year if Iraq asks for it, U.S. Defense Escritoire Robert Gates said Tuesday.

"We'll place by," Gates said. "We're ready to have that conversation if and when they want to hoist it with us."

Gates urge Iraq's internal strife political groups to reconcile subsequent to eight months of deadlock. Any apply for to extend the U.S. military presence in Iraq would have to come from an implementation Iraqi government. It would amend the current conformity under which U.S. troops must leave by the end of 2011.

"That plan obviously needs to come from the Iraqis; we are open to discuss it," Gates said.

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