US commando team should stay in Iraq: Admiral

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 23:42

Washington: The admiral tapped to be the new commander of US special operations forces says a small commando force should remain in Iraq after the end of the year, when all American troops are scheduled to leave.

Vice Adm William McRaven is telling a Senate committee Tuesday that while Iraqi leaders have not formally asked for some US troops to remain, it would be "mutually beneficial" to keep some special operations forces there.

McRaven`s nomination to head U.S. Special Operations Command is being considered by the Senate Armed Services Committee. He has spent his career in special operations, and was a key leader of the US Navy SEAL team operation that killed Osama bin Laden in May.

The roughly 46,000 US troops in Iraq are set to leave by year`s end.

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First Published: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 23:42

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