In the summer before the 2008 election Iraqi sheiks warned Obama about his hasty plans for retreat from the country.
The Al-Anbar Sheiks warned Obama in June 2008 about his hasty plans for retreat.
The BBC reported:
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In Anbar, Mr Obama met militiamen of the US-backed Awakening Councils movement – a tribal alliance whose members turned against al-Qaeda last year.
Ahmed Abu Risha, head of the Awakening Councils, said tribal chiefs had told Mr Obama at their meeting in Ramadi that any withdrawal of US forces from Anbar should be carried out cautiously.