Clinton Assures Iraqis Pullout Isn't Abandonment

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tried to reassure Iraqis Saturday that the U.S. won't abandon them even as it pulls troops out.

Before her official meetings, Clinton sat down with war widows to see what more the U.S. can do to help them. She also hosted a rare town hall event on the sprawling embassy compound in Baghdad's green zone. One young man asked how he can trust Iraqi security forces once U.S. troops pull out.

"There is nothing more important than to have a united Iraq," she answered. "The more united Iraq is, the more you will trust the security services. The security services have to earn your trust, but the people have to demand it."

Clinton said the U.S. will continue to try to train non-sectarian security forces. Her unannounced visit to Baghdad follows a series of deadly suicide bombings that she blamed on "rejectionists" who don't like the fact that Iraq is making progress.



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