Officials Scramble to Clarify ‘MISTAKE’ Letter Announcing Withdrawal From Iraq

This afternoon reporters obtained a letter that appeared to say that the U.S. would be repositioning forces in Iraq to prepare for withdrawal.

Per the Washington Post:

In a draft letter released Monday, Marine Corps Brig. Gen. William H. Seely III says that U.S. forces will be relocated “to prepare for onward movement” and says that “we respect your sovereign decision to order our departure.”A U.S. military official confirmed the letter’s authenticity.

Some reporters said U.S. officials had confirmed the authenticity of the letter, and the Post cites a DOD official who apparently said that the letter “was an attempt to notify the Iraqis that the U.S. would be moving troops around, not an indication that they would be leaving.”

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