Obama plan to reduce troops in Iraq draws fire at home, abroad:D

The Democratic candidate would like to shift resources to Afghanistan, but one military leader said a deadline to withdraw "could be very dangerous."

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - As Sen. Barack Obama heads to Iraq for his first visit as a presidential candidate, his plan for bringing the war to a swift conclusion is triggering a political furor abroad and at home, with a U.S. military leader declaring Sunday that setting a hard deadline for withdrawing troops is risky.

Obama is scheduled to meet with Iraqi political leaders who were scrambling over the weekend to clarify an apparent endorsement of his proposal to pull U.S. forces out of Iraq in 16 months.

The stop in Iraq is part of a weeklong tour of the Middle East and Europe, affording Obama the chance to showcase a fluency in foreign affairs.

On Sunday he met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, describing the conflict in Afghanistan as the central front in the U.S. fight against terrorism, according to Karzai aides.

Obama wants to wind down U.S. involvement in Iraq and redeploy troops and resources to Afghanistan, a country he said has devolved yet again into a sanctuary for terrorists.


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