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We Must Force Obama to Stick to His Deadline to Withdraw From Iraq

Two key deadlines are approaching for U.S. troops to exit Iraq, deadlines that were won through the work of millions of Iraqis and Americans. We can't stop now.

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The August 31st deadline is being challenged by the spike of violence in Iraq and by a drumbeat in Washington trying to use that violence as an excuse to justify prolonging the occupation. Giving into skepticism will take us to no where, and believing that Obama will do our work for us is not the answer either. We need to work hard to make sure that the plan for withdrawal becomes reality, and that this tragic war with Iraq comes to an end.

Raed Jarrar is Iraq Consultant to the American Friends Service Committee . He blogs at Raed in the Middle .