Friday, August 22, 2008

News: Officials say US, Iraq finish draft security deal

I'm wondering why this didn't make a bigger splash in the news. Or was I just out of touch that day? This seems like a pretty big deal, if you ask me. I'm not really for or against time lines or withdrawalment because I'm not privy to all the info & far from being a war expert but still, this seems like it would be a pretty big deal to most Americans.

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Officials say US, Iraq finish draft security deal

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press Writer

Wed Aug 20, 2:54 PM ET

BAGHDAD - Iraqi and U.S. negotiators have finished work on a draft security agreement that would see all American troops leave Iraqi cities by June 30 and the rest of the country by the end of 2011, Iraqi officials said Wednesday.

The deal still needs approval by both governments — and some members of Iraq's Cabinet oppose some of its provisions.

The security deal is to govern the status of the more than 140,000-strong U.S. military force after the U.N. Security Council mandate for its mission expires at the end of this year.

Iraq's Cabinet must sign off on the deal and then refer it to parliament for final approval. The Shiite-led government has been pressing for some sort of timeline for the departure of U.S. troops, saying that is essential to win legislators' approval.

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