Deal would have U.S. troops out of Iraq by 2012
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- U.S. and Iraqi negotiators have reached agreement on a proposal calling for a complete U.S. military withdrawal from Iraq by 2012, the head Iraqi negotiator said Friday.
The deal still must be approved by both sides, said Mohammed al-Haj Hamoud, deputy foreign minister and head of the Iraqi negotiating team.
Hamoud said Thursday's meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki was helpful in reaching the tentative agreement.
Hamoud said the proposal also says the last date for the presence of U.S. troops in cities and towns will be June 30, 2009.
There are clear caveats, however. Watch for details on the plan »
If the Iraqi government sees the necessity of keeping the American forces in cities and towns or in Iraq past December 31, 2011, it would ask that the Americans stay. A joint Iraqi-U.S. committee would help define the duration and number of forces that would be needed and regularly assess the security situation on the ground.
Regarding the issue of troop immunity from Iraqi law and American authority over military operations, American authorities would have jurisdiction over their troops. Hamoud also said that in case of a major crime such as murder, the case would be reviewed by a U.S.-Iraqi joint committee.
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Now, here are some questions:
1. Wasn't this the crux of BARACK OBAMA'S argument about Iraq?
2. Why isn't this leading every other news story for the day?
3. Does this mean that John McCain is the last person who wants to keep up the Iraq War?
All Senator Straight Talk has is ' Foreign Policy'. What can be said when his own President undercuts the only poll strength he has?
That's why you need to keep your eye on this mess with Russia, which is nothing but another scam on Dubya's part to help McCain. They know Iraq is played out, so here comes another ' crisis'.