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Clinton to Iran: Don't Misread Departure from Iraq

Sunday, 23 Oct 2011 12:03 PM

By Amy Woods

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Iran "would be badly miscalculating" if it moves into Iraq in the wake of the U.S. troop withdrawal at the end of the year.

"We are continuing a training mission in Iraq that has been agreed to," Clinton, speaking from Uzbekistan, said Sunday on "State of the Union."

She said the military and diplomatic presence in Iraq will include a U.S. Marine Contingent, a Defense Attache, and an Office of Security Cooperation. In addition, the United States has an influential presence in neighboring countries, as well as a NATO ally in Turkey.

"No one, most particularly Iran, should miscalculate about our continuing commitment to and with the Iraqis going forward," she said.

Clinton stopped short of saying whether the 10-year war in Iraq was worth it and instead indicated the two countries need to move forward.

"An enormous amout of sacrifice was made by Americans," she told host Candy Crowley. "We are where we are. Right now we have a plan in place."

On the subject of Libya, Clinton said the United States fully supports an investigation into the take out of dictator Moammar Gadhafi

"As Libyans move into the future, once again, they need to do so with a sense of unity and reconciliation," she said. "Those those who do not have blood on their hands need to feel safe and included, regardless of whether or not they supported Gadhafi in the past."

She said one of the first issues the United States will raise with the new Libyan leaders is the reimprisonment of convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi

"Once there's a government in place, we will renew our calls that Megrahi, who should never have been released in the first place, be returned to serve the rest of his sentence for the terrible crime against those passengers on Pan-Am 103."

Clinton said the elimination of the Haggani terrorist network has made some inroads as a direct result of a cooperative agreement with Pakistan. She said working together on security issues "has been absolutely essential" to defeating and disrupting al-Qaida.

"We're about 90, 95 percent in agreement between the United States and Pakistan about the means of our moving toward what are commonly shared goals," she said.

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