Not just the war in Iraq through 2011

BAGHDAD AP, AFP and ANSA Iraq yesterday approved a security pact with the United States providing for the total withdrawal of troops from that country by the end of 2011, while at least 15 people were killed in a suicide attack in Diyala province, northeast of Baghdad. The deal, reported official sources, was approved at the Cabinet meeting with 28 votes in favor of a total of 38. A two-thirds majority was needed so that it could proceed to present the agreement to Parliament, which only requires a simple majority. The agreement resulted from negotiations that lasted for a year and often had harsh tones, provides for the departure of nearly 150 U.S. soldiers who are deployed in over 500 military bases. The soldiers will leave the cities during 2009 and throughout Iraq in a deadline of late 2011, ie eight years after the overthrow of President Saddam Hussein, hanged.

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