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Iraq to negotiate continued US troop stay

08-03-2011 08:51 BJT

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Iraq's political leaders have given the government the green light to begin negotiating a deal with the U.S. The deal would keep American troops beyond the end of 2011 to train Iraqi security forces.

But no details were settled - like how many U.S. troops would stay, or for how long, or whether they would be given legal immunity from prosecution. The country's Foreign Minister said a final agreement is still far from being settled, and cautioned that Baghdad could still insist the U.S. military leave by the end of 2011.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen
speaks to reporters at a news conference in Baghdad, Iraq,
Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011. The top U.S. military officer says
American troops must be given protection from legal
prosecution as part of any agreement to keep them in
Iraq beyond the end of the year. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)


Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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