Latest News/New York: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday that the United States will maintain a strong military interest in Iraq after the last combat troops leave this year, and she warned Iran not to try and take advantage of the pullout.
Clinton said that no one, especially Iran, should underestimate America’s commitment to preserve the hard-fought gains of the past eight years.
After a week during which Moammar Gadhafi was killed, the U.S. also vowed partnership with the Libyan people as they build a new society one that U.S. officials insist should begin with investigations Gadhafi death and with imprisonment of the convicted Lockerbie bomber who is living free in Libya.
With Libya’s Transitional National Council putting together a new government, Clinton conveyed those requests while visiting Libya and elsewhere in the region last week.
As the U.S. reduces its presence in one country and turns its attention to reconstruction of another, the Obama administration is trying to promote security and the rule of law over strong local and regional interests. / EPakistanNews/UNN