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Iraq : U.S., Iraq reading security pact differently

The Bush administration has adopted a much looser interpretation of several key provisions of the pending U.S.-Iraq security agreement than the Iraqi government has, U.S. officials said Tuesday — just hours before the Iraqi parliament was to hold its historic vote.

These provisions include a ban on the launch of attacks on other countries from Iraq, a requirement to notify the Iraqis in advance of U.S. military operations, and the question of Iraqi legal jurisdiction over American troops and military contractors.

U.S. officials said the administration has withheld the official English translation of the agreement in an effort to suppress a public dispute with the Iraqis until after the Iraqi parliament votes.

The Iraqi government Tuesday achieved a breakthrough on the pact, which calls for American troops to leave Iraq by 2012, by gaining conditional support from Tawafuq, a bl


Added: Nov-26-2008 
By: PiRaTeCoPy
Iraq, Iran, Middle East
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