Clinton Urges Pentagon To Plan Iraq Withdrawal

Washington (AP) -- Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is pushing the Pentagon to quickly produce a plan for the withdrawal of US Forces from Iraq.

Military leaders have avoided discussing whether or not they have such a plan. But Iraqi military officials are reportedly preparing for a quick US pullout, just in case.

The New York Democrat and presidential candidate met privately with Joint Chiefs Chairman General Peter Pace late Tuesday, and has sent a public letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates urging military leaders to begin such planning, if they haven't done so already.

Clinton says the Pentagon should brief lawmakers to assure them that a withdrawal can go ahead without "unnecessary danger." she adds that if no plans exist, then the pentagon should explain why.

Clinton has been taking heat from rival Democrats to make her position on a withdrawal deadline clear.

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