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'US troops to withdraw in time from Iraq'

world Updated: Jul 19, 2010 11:12 IST

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US combat troops in Iraq are on schedule to withdraw by the end of August this year, and would not be delayed by power-sharing negotiations in the Iraqi government, US Vice President Joe Biden said on Sunday.

Biden said the Iraqi transition government is "in place that's working. Iraqi security is being provided by the Iraqis", Xinhua reported.

The American forces last year pulled out of Iraqi cities and are working to formally end combat operations by Sept 1, cutting the US military force in Iraq from 90,000 to 50,000. A full withdrawal is also in sight at the end of 2011.

Iraq's political blocs are, however, still discussing the formation of a new government, months after the March 7 elections.

Biden said he is confident the withdrawal won't affect the physical stability of Iraq.