Transcript: Martha Raddatz Interviews Gen. Ray Odierno

ODIERNO: We're working our way through that. It will be based again on what we think the conditions are and again we could move some out earlier if we think the conditions are good enough. If not, we will move them, staggered each month and it will be an even amount each month as we move out and we'll do it based on the least vulnerable to the most vulnerable.

RADDATZ: I suspect where we're sitting today, in the North would probably be the last area to move out.

ODIERNO: Yeah, I would say it would be based on, again, and we'll work this with the government of Iraq by the way too. I'll work this with the Prime Minister and we'll decide together where we think we need coalition forces ... and probably areas in the north, around Mosul, Kirkuk, in Diyala will be some of the last areas we leave. We will leave some presence across the entire country, though. It will thin out and will thin out more in some of the areas than, say, we do in the north. And so we'll leave presence throughout Iraq because we want to do training and advising even after August in all areas, but we'll thin it out slowly across the entire country, slower in some places than in others.

RADDATZ: You'll go out through Turkey?

ODIERNO: We could. I think you know, we'll go out through, you know, we're working to go out through Kuwait, maybe through Jordan, and maybe through Turkey. We'll decide that as it goes, it depends on how much we have to do at one time and how much the ports can handle in each one of these places. There's still some work that has to be done between the countries and once we figure that out we'll develop a plan. If we had to we could send everything through Kuwait but we will develop options to use both Jordan and Turkey along with Kuwait. And we'll also use the port of Umm Qasar here in Iraq as well.

RADDATZ: June 30th, the agreement calls for US troops to be out of the cities. What does that mean?

ODIERNO: Well, it means we'll move all of our combat outposts out of the cities, we've submitted a list of bases that will remain in that will be out of the city on the periphery or out of the cities and we'll be in those and we'll work out of those areas. We're still working with the government of Iraq to define what that means. We're in the implementation phase of the security agreement. We'll still provide advising and training to Iraqi units, so we'll have some embeds with Iraqi units. We'll still continue to do logistics. We'll still help them to deliver fires or help them with planning in some areas.

RADDATZ: Do we still patrol?

ODIERNO: No. probably not. Again, we'll be embedded with their units to provide them support when needed. And that will be something that we work through. But, I think inside of the cities, we'll be limited in what we do. But it will be agreed to, we are still working through what that means. Because they want us to support them, we just gotta figure out how we are going to do that.

RADDATZ: And in terms of places like Mosul, Diyala or other places that are more unstable, we will still not have combat outposts? So you don't have the same sort of presence?

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