The top U.S. commander in Iraq says he believes Iraqi forces are ready to take over when American combat troops pull out of Baghdad and other cities by Tuesday.
Gen. Ray Odierno says he thinks it's right time for the U.S.
withdrawal and for Iraqis to take responsibility for security.
Odierno says U.S. troops still will be training and advising
Iraqi forces and Americans will be conducting operations outside
Iraqi cities after the deadline.
He says he doesn't think the pullout will be U.S. troops more at
risk. He says there will be good coordination with Iraqi troops and
U.S. intelligence operations will continue.
The withdrawal is part of a security agreement that calls for
all American troops to leave Iraq by the end of 2011.
He spoke on CNN's "State of the Union."