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Today, headline news coming in to San Francisco is that the US troops are ready to leave Iraq The Iraq prime minister has said he is not concerned about that.

"It's time for the troops to come home," says San Francisco resident Jason Menzies.

According to news source,, Nouri al-Maliki, the prime minister of Iraq has said Iraq's own security forces are competent and very ready to protect their own country.

American military troops are set to leave the country by the end of 2011.

Nouri al-Maliki denied that Iraq would become any kind of follower of Iran.

Nouri al-Maliki also said that the Iraqi security forces have already proven themselves very capable in protecting their land.

"Nothing has changed with the withdrawal of the American forces from Iraq on the security level because basically it has been in our hands," Nouri al-Maliki told press.

The prime minister also said that Iraq had been responsible for its own internal security since the US military withdrew in 2008 from its cities and town - the Americans were, instead, fighting from bases outside of Iraq's cities.

"I assure the world that the Iraqi forces and the general situation in the country hasn't changed and will not change," stated the prime minister.

Nouri al-Maliki also reassured the world's press that Iraq would not follow Iran, even though both countries are dominated by Shiite political groups. He said that Iraq would work solely in the best interests of Iraq.

"Iraq is not a follower of any country," said al-Maliki. stated that Iraq had already gone against Iran's wishes, one of which included the 2008 signing of the security agreement that stated that all U.S. troops should leave Iraq by the end of 2011. Iran had wanted American troops out sooner.

"Through our policies, Iraq was not and will not be a follower of another country's policies," stated Nouri al-Maliki.

U.S. troops have been in Iraq for 8 years, since 2003, mainly to disarm Iraq of weapons of mass destruction, says

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