Better intelligence is needed after troops exit, Pelosi says

Associated Press

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Iraqi officials on a visit Sunday to Baghdad that America would need to improve its intelligence in their country after U.S. troops pull out.

“If we are going to have a diminished physical military presence, we have to have a strong intelligence presence,” Pelosi said after discussions with her Iraqi counterpart and other members of parliament.

Pelosi, a strong critic of the U.S.-led war, said she and Iraqi officials also discussed the implementation of the various agreements governing the presence of American troops.

She has praised President Obama’s plans to bring home two-thirds of the 130,000 U.S. troops in Iraq by the end of August 2010.