Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has decided not to ask the U.S. to keep its troops there beyond their planned departure date at the end of the year and will not permit any permanent U.S. bases in the country, informed regional sources have told Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

The United States has been pressuring al-Maliki to allow for the extension beyond the end of the year when U.S. forces are supposed to depart the country under a 2008 Status of Forces Agreement between Baghdad and Washington.

Ironically, it was sources in Iran who first quoted al-Maliki saying that he has decided not to extend U.S. forces.

“The agreement on the withdrawal of American forces will be implemented on schedule by the end of the year and there will not be any bases for U.S. forces here,” Maliki reportedly told Baghdad’s Al-Ittijah TV in an interview.

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