Last updated 2:21AM ET
December 16, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Senator Salazar Returns From Iraq
(2007-09-17)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: Colorado Democrat U.S. Senator Ken Salazar arrived home today/Monday, from a weekend visit to Iraq.
Based on what he saw, Salazar says he's ready to push for a drawdown of U.S. troops.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.

VICTOR: In addition to meeting with Iraq's president and others, visited with soldiers while on foot patrol in a Baghdad market Sunday night.
SALAZAR: I THINK OUR SOLDIERS MIRROR MANY OF THE ATTITUDES THAT WE SEE BY THE AMERICAN PUBLIC WITH RESPECT TO IRAQ. SOME OF THEM THINK THEY HAVE BEEN THERE TOO LONG AND HAVE BEEN AWAY FROM THEIR FAMILY FOR TOO LONG.
Salazar says security has improved since he was last in Iraq, but stability can't be achieved until there's political reconciliation among warring sectarian factions.
SALAZAR: THE IRAQI'S NEED TO BE FORCED TO ACHIEVE THAT POLITICAL RECONCILIATION, OTHERWISE THE WAR WILL CONTINUE ENDLESSLY AND OUR BRAVE AMERICAN TROOPS WILL BE LEFT TO KEEP THE TOP ON A POWDER KEG THAT MAY EXPLODE AT ANY TIME.
The Senator says he hopes the senate takes decisive action telling the Iraqi government the time has run out.
From KSUT, I'm Victor Locke.
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