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  Iraq's neighbours want US troops to leave
Updated 19 April 2003, 18.41
Children play with the fallen statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad
The six countries which border Iraq have urged the US troops to leave as soon as possible.

They say Iraq needs to be left alone to form a new government, now that Saddam Hussein has been toppled.

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Iraq's neighbours
Saudi Arabia
Iran
Jordan
Kuwait
Turkey
Syria

But the US and UK governments have said their troops will stay to help re-build Iraq and have promised not to stay any longer than is absolutely necessary.

Protest

Iraq's neighbours also want the United Nations (UN) to be involved in making the new government.

They also said the UN sanctions against Iraq should be removed as soon as a new leadership is in place. This would allow Iraq to start trading goods with other countries again.

Iraqis held a protest about the US troops
This comes after thousands of Iraqis took to the streets on Saturday to protest about the US troops still being there. They think the Americans are trying to take over.

In other Iraq news:

  • US troops have captured Iraq's former finance minister, Hikmat Ibrahim al-Azzawi. He's one of the most-wanted people from Saddam Hussein's old government
  • The first big shipment of food aid is close to arriving in Baghdad
  • US military bosses say they have released more than 900 Iraqi prisoners
  • Vets on their way to help animals in Baghdad Zoo are delayed in Kuwait


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