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Topic - Benjamin Rhodes
All U.S. troops could withdraw from Afghanistan next year if enough progress has been made against al Qaeda or if the Afghan government does not grant immunity to American forces after the end of their combat mission in 2014, the Obama administration says.
Iraq's most senior military official warned Wednesday that the planned pullout of U.S. forces at the end of next year might be premature, as the White House said it was keeping to its schedule for removing troops from the war-torn country.
The Obama administration is touting the visit of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, who arrives in Washington on Thursday, as evidence of President Obama's success in "resetting" relations with a former Cold War rival.
"When the president took office, it was his view — and President Medvedev's view — that U.S.-Russia relations had really drifted in recent years and that we were no longer cooperating on areas of mutual interests, and that that was harming both of our interests, frankly," Benjamin Rhodes, deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, told reporters Tuesday.
He also said the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or START, signed this year but not yet ratified, was evidence that the relationship is back on track.