Top Iraqi general: We won't be ready to take over until 2020

Speaking at a defence conference in Baghdad, Lt Gen Zebari said: “At this point, the withdrawal is going well, because they are still here.

“But the problem will start after 2011 – the politicians must find other ways to fill the void after 2011. If I were asked about the withdrawal, I would say to politicians: the US army must stay until the Iraqi army is fully ready in 2020.”