Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., says that if she is elected president, she will keep a reduced military presence in Iraq.
In an interview with the N.Y. Times, Clinton said that under her administration a "remaining military as well as political mission" would stay in Iraq to deter al-Qaida and Iranian aggression, as well as protect the Kurds and bolster the Iraqi military.
Clinton discloser is a departure from her usual "bring the troops home" stance.
Without pinpointing the number of American troops she would keep in Iraq, she said that the continued presence was necessary to the "remaining vital national security interests in Iraq," according to the Times report.
Thus far in her stump speeches, Clinton has consistently pledged to end the war if the fighting is still ongoing as she takes office as president.
"If we in Congress don't end this war before January 2009, as president, I will,"she has said.