Obama to decide on approach to Iraq after polls: WHouse
Obama won the 2008 election partly on the back of his promise to bring U.S. troops home.
U.S. President Barack Obama is watching this weekend's elections in Iraq and will decide soon on an approach that will likely lead to a drawdown of U.S. forces there, the White House said on Friday.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Obama viewed Iraq's upcoming provincial elections as another benchmark in its democratic development.
Obama, who won the 2008 election partly on the back of his promise to bring U.S. troops home, met with military leaders this week to discuss plans for Iraq and Afghanistan.
"We expect that we'll have recommendations and decisions on moving forward on Iraq quite soon," Gibbs told a briefing.
"Saturday marks a very important continued milestone for democratic development in Iraq," he said.
More than 14,000 candidates are vying for 440 provincial council seats in 14 of Iraq's 18 provinces.
Obama pledged to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq within 16 months.
Reuters Last Mod: 31 Ocak 2009, 13:00