With pressure building in Washington for an American troop pullout,
Iraqis who have worked closely with U.S. companies and military forces are
begging their employers for assurances that they will be able to leave with
Hayder said he offered to work for no pay with the U.S. military for
two years only if they would take his small family out of the country.
"When the Americans leave, the war will start, and they will kill all of us, all who worked with the Americans," he said.
For one former Special Forces operative who has worked closely with Iraqis for three years, any U.S. pullout that fails to protect Iraqi allies would bring unhappy memories of the final withdrawal 32 years ago from Vietnam.
"When we leave, all these people that helped us and fought for us will
be hunted down and exterminated just like the Montagnards and South Vietnamese," he said in a telephone interview.
This War is not like Vietnam. But the end result could be, if we pull out before the Iraqi Government is ready.
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