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2008-11-03 09:00:02

The United States has agreed to most of the changes Iraqi leaders made to a security agreement between the two countries, the Iraqi state-run newspaper said. Al-Sabah reported U.S. officials agreed to three of five changes Baghdad sought, but did not yield on changes to the article on immunity for troops accused of crimes in Iraq, KUNA, the Kuwaiti news agency, reported Monday. The time frame for U.S. troop withdrawal was changed to indicate American forces would pull out of Iraq within...

2008-10-31 15:00:02

U.S. Army Gen. Raymond Odierno, commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, says chances are as high as 30 percent a U.S.-Iraqi security deal won't be reached. On a scale of one to 10, "I'm probably (at) a seven or eight that something is going to be worked out," Odierno told The Washington Times. "I think it's important for the government of Iraq. I think it's important for security and stability here." A draft U.S.-Iraq security accord was reached earlier in October, but Iraqi officials later...

2008-10-30 18:00:02

U.S. officials are reviewing the Iraqi amendments to the draft agreement on U.S. troop levels in Iraq, a State Department official said Thursday. Spokesman Robert Wood, however, declined to discuss the nature of the amendments when asked during a news conference. "Once we have something to say on it, we will," Wood said. "But for the moment, we're just taking our time in reviewing it to make sure that, you know, we've got a good sense of what it is the Iraqis have put forward." The...

2008-10-23 15:00:12

U.S. troops could face new restrictions greatly curtailing Iraqi operations in 2009 without a new long-term security pact, military officials say. If Iraq's leaders fail to pass the security agreement before Jan. 1, officials say, military operations could come to a halt as soldiers retreat to bases, ground their aircraft and stop supporting Iraqi forces, USA Today reported Thursday. The security pact would provide a legal basis for the U.S. presence in Iraq after a U.N. mandate expires...

2008-10-09 00:00:19

By The Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) - The Iraqi foreign minister said Tuesday it will require "bold political decisions" to resolve the major issue standing in the way of a deal allowing American troops to remain here next year - who would try U.S. troops accused of crimes.Neighboring Iran stepped up pressure against the proposed agreement, with President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad telling a visiting Iraqi official that Iraq had "a duty" to resist the Americans and another Iranian leader warning...

2008-10-07 18:00:13

Iraq and the United States are close to reaching a security agreement on a continued U.S. military presence in that country, the Iraqi foreign minister said. Still unresolved, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said, is the issue of granting to U.S. soldiers immunity from prosecution, the Los Angeles Times reported. Speaking Tuesday at a news conference in Baghdad with Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte, Zebari said the sides were nearing a deal but tough decisions must be made...

2008-09-16 18:00:07

BAGHDAD (AP)- Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Monday he foresees a shrinking U.S. combat role in Iraq in coming months, while the No. 2 U.S. commander here cautioned that it would be a mistake to push the U.S.-trained Iraqi army and police into a leading security role too soon. "I'm not sure that pushing them forward is the right thing that we want to do. We tried that once before and found that that didn't work," Lt. Gen. Lloyd Austin told reporters, referring to the pre- 2007 U.S....

2008-09-16 12:00:01

Al-Arabiya TV in Arabic - independent television station financed by Arab businessmen - at 1820 and 2020 gmt on 15 September carries in its daily "Panorama" and "Last Hour" programmes two interviews with Nasir al-Ani, head of the Iraqi Presidential Office, via satellite from Baghdad; and Abd-al-Latif Rayyan, media adviser to the Coalition Forces in Iraq, via telephone from Baghdad. The first interview is conducted by an unidentified moderator and the second is conducted by Anchorman Tahir...

2008-09-16 09:00:06

By Robert Burns Associated Press BAGHDAD -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Monday he foresees a shrinking U.S. combat role in Iraq in coming months, while the No. 2 U.S. commander here cautioned that it would be a mistake to push the U.S.-trained Iraqi army and police into a leading security role too soon. "I'm not sure that pushing them forward is the right thing that we want to do. We tried that once before and found that that didn't work," Lt. Gen. Lloyd Austin told reporters,...

2008-08-26 12:00:44

By Campbell Robertson An agreement has been reached between Iraq and the United States on a date for the departure of U.S. combat troops, Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki said Monday. "There is actually an agreement concluded between the two parties over the definite date, which is 2011, to end any foreign presence on Iraqi soil," Maliki said. A departure date is only one of the issues in the security pact between the United States and Iraq, and Maliki said in a speech to a tribal...


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