Full StoryMADRID, Spain — The prime minister ordered Spanish troops pulled out of Iraq as soon as possible Sunday, fulfilling a campaign pledge to a nation still recovering from terrorist bombings that Al Qaeda (search) militants said were reprisal for Spain's support of the war.
The new Socialist prime minister issued the abrupt recall just hours after his government was sworn in, saying there was no sign the United States would meet his demands for staying in Iraq -- United Nations control of the postwar occupation.
Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's (search) party won the March 14 general election amid allegations that outgoing Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar (search) had provoked a commuter-train terrorist bombing, which killed 191 people three days earlier, by backing the war in Iraq.
Zapatero pledged to remove Spanish troops in his winning campaign. But his announcement -- a setback for the United States -- was a bombshell, coming just hours after his government was sworn in, and as his foreign minister planned to travel to Washington to discuss the dispute.
In a five-minute address at the Moncloa Palace, Zapatero said he had ordered Defense Minister Jose Bono (search) to "do what is necessary for the Spanish troops stationed in Iraq to return home in the shortest time possible."
I can't believe this. It just shows that terrorizing Spain does work. They're probably gonna use these soldiers to guard their rail lines for protection against terrorists, instead of destroying terrorism in its homeland.
So remember, guys, if you want change in Spain, blow up a train.