WASHINGTON - Republican presidential candidate John McCain said Wednesday that he would bring the Iraq War to a close by the end of his first term -- 2013 -- when most U.S. troops would be home. In a speech delivered in Columbus, Ohio, McCain laid out what he said was his vision of his achievements during a first term, if elected in November, in foreign and domestic policy. McCain said he expects U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organization forces to remain in Afghanistan to deal with a threat from the Taliban that has been greatly reduced but not eliminated.'' PAKISTAN As a result of increased intelligence and counterinsurgency cooperation between the U.S. and allies such as Pakistan will lead to the capture or death of Osama bin Laden and his chief lieutenants,'' McCain said. By January 2013, the Arizona senator added, Iraq is a functioning democracy, although still suffering from the lingering effects of decades of tyranny and centuries of sectarian tension''. Violence still occurs, but it is spasmodic and much reduced. Civil war has been prevented.'' McCain afterward denied he was setting a timetable for a U.S. withdrawal, which he previously has said would unleash a chaos in the Middle East. It's not a timetable, it's victory,'' McCain told reporters as he left the event. I'm promising that we will succeed in Iraq.'' Voters put the war as one of the top issues in the campaign, after the economy. Illinois Senator Barack Obama and New York Senator Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidates, both say they would begin withdrawing U.S. forces from Iraq soon after taking office. At least 4,079 U.S. military personnel have died in Iraq since the war began in March 2003 and another 30,000 have been wounded. McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, has come under fire from Democrats for saying that U.S. troops might remain in Iraq for 100 years. McCain has disputed that characterization of his remark and criticized a political culture that doesn't easily allow candidates to air their full views to voters. McCain also forecast that al-Qaeda in Iraq will have been defeated and that the terrorist group will no longer have a safe haven'' any place in the world. He said he expects that the U.S. won't suffer another terrorist attack as a result of the nation's efforts in Iraq and elsewhere. The Iraqi government will be capable of defending its orders by 2013, with the U.S. maintaining a military presence but a much smaller one,'' he said. It doesn't play a direct combat role,'' McCain said.