Is It Just Speculation?

Is It Just Speculation?: News media earlier this year reported that nameless US Air Force officials had acknowledged that, once US ground troops leave, USAF would remain to provide not only strike airpower but also the battlefield airmen to guide the strike aircraft as Iraqi forces battle insurgents. A new report by the Associated Press calls such thinking into question. Apparently several senior Air Force officers in Southwest Asia at this time are only confirming that the idea is under discussion.