April 8, 2008 / 9:48 PM / in 9 years

Obama calls for withdrawal timetable in Iraq

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WASHINGTON, April 8 (Reuters) - Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, a Democratic candidate for president, said on Tuesday that the United States should set a timetable to pull its troops out of Iraq to pressure leaders there to establish peace.

"Increased pressure in a measured way, in my mind ... includes a timetable for withdrawal. Nobody's asking for a precipitous withdrawal, but I do think that it has to be a measured but increased pressure," Obama told Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq. (Reporting by Kristin Roberts and Andy Sullivan, editing by Lori Santos)

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