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Maliki: No plans to extend US presence

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Al-Maliki's office said in a statement on Saturday that he is not going to extend The Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) with the US military and does not seek to prolong the US presence in Iraq. top US military officer Admiral Mike Mullen, in his recent visit to Baghdad, called on the government of Iraq to begin talks if it wanted US forces to remain in the country. In a meeting with the top American general, al-Maliki said the Iraqi army is capable of maintaining thr country's security and that "they worked with professionalism."

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