By The Associated Press
Fri Jul 18, 1:37 PM ET
Some comments from around Iraq on Sen. Barack Obama's expected visit:
"We are worried that he might win the presidency and pull out (American) forces because chaos would prevail in Iraq and militias would return." — Mohammed Abbas, 19, Shiite primary school teacher in southern city of Hillah.
"We hope Obama will fulfill his promise of pulling out American forces if he wins the election. If he is sincere with this pledge, we hope he wins." — Hussein Jassim, 35, Shiite laborer in the Baghdad neighborhood of Sadr City.
"I wish God would inspire Obama to do something in the interest of the Iraqi people." — Harith Abdullah, 52, Sunni engineer in Baghdad.
"I think that after visiting Iraq, Obama will change his mind about pulling out American troops because the security in Iraq is more stable with the forces here." — Bahra Khalid, 39, Kurdish teacher in northern city of Irbil.
"America is like a giant company whose only concern is profit. Obama's visit is for propaganda." — Sami Hassan, 36, Shiite engineer in Baghdad.
"The American forces will not withdraw whether Obama wins or not. If they withdraw, that would create a big vacuum and Iran would be the first to fill it." — Ahmed Samih, 55, Sunni official in Ministry of Higher Education in Baghdad.