09 November 2010 Voice of America VOANews.com English
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates Photo: AP
As reported by a Voice of America news article today, the U.S. defense secretary says the U.S. is willing to keep troops in Iraq past the current deadline, but only if that is what Iraq's leaders want.
Robert Gates made the comment to reporters in Kuala Lumpur Tuesday after a meeting with Malaysia's defense minister.
The current agreement calls for U.S. troops to leave Iraq by the end of 2011.
A rising wave of violence has prompted U.S. and Iraqi officials to express a willingness to revisit the deal. But Gates said any request would have to come from a functioning Iraqi government.
Iraqis went to the polls in March to elect a new government, but no one bloc won an outright majority, and the country's leading political parties remain deadlocked eight months later.
Iraq's quarrelsome politicians are meeting for a second day Tuesday in an attempt to resolve their differences.
Meanwhile, violence claimed at least 21 lives in a series of car bombings Monday, including a blast in the southern Shi'ite city of Basra that killed five people and wounded 30.
Earlier, two separate attacks targeted buses carrying Iranian pilgrims in the southern Shi'ite holy cities of Najaf and Karbala, killing at least 16 people and wounding 50 more.
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Jeremiah prophesied that the occupiers of Babylon would abandon her after fires raged through her cities. If the U.S. leaves Iraq before the cities burn, these events in Iraq today are NOT the fulfillment of Jeremiah's 2,600 year old prophecy.
But if the cities go up in flames, and then the U.S. pulls out because of the failure of reconstruction, two more judgments in Jeremiah's prophecy will have come true in sequential order.
Invasion, capture, execution, burning, abandonment. Five of nine judgments will have happened, in order.
After that, civil war, plundering, flood and drought, leading to a complete desolation. And the fulfillment of Jeremiah's 2,600 year old prophecy.