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For more insight on the US troop withdrawal from Iraq, we're joined by our current affairs commentator, Professor Tao Wenzhao from the Tsinghua Center for China-US Relations. Welcome, Professor Tao.
Q1: The timetable for the pullout comes amid deep concerns about Iraq's stability, with doubts over the Iraqi government's capability to keep the peace. What's your perspective on this?
Q2: With pivotal congressional elections approaching, many believe the withdrawal will provide a boost for the Obama administration. What's your opinion?
US President Barack Obama declared on Monday that the Iraq war is nearing an end "as promised and on schedule." <Full story>