Iraq Foreign Minister Warns of Collapse if Troops Leave - washingtonpost.com
Iraq's foreign minister on Monday said the country may fracture into separate parts and its government could collapse if the U.S. begins withdrawing troops too quickly -- a warning delivered as debate over war policy intensifies in the White House and Congress.
Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said in a morning press conference that Iraqi officials "understand the huge pressure" building in the U.S. for a withdrawal of troops.
But "the dangers could be a civil war, dividing the country, regional wars and the collapse of the state," Zebari said. "We have held discussion with members of Congress and explained to them the dangers of a quick pullout and leaving a security vacuum.