BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's prime minister says obstacles remain in negotiations with the U.S. over a security agreement that will determine the future of American forces in Iraq.
Nouri al-Maliki says the sticking points include immunity for U.S. troops and contractors and oversight during raids and detentions. He also says the Iraqis have "agreed with the American side that the year 2011 will be the year of their withdrawal."
His remarks, aired Wednesday on Iraqi state TV, indicate agreement is not imminent although the U.N. mandate for foreign forces in Iraq expires on Dec. 31.
The two sides reportedly have agreed tentatively to a schedule that includes a pullout of combat troops in 2011. Some troops would remain behind to train and advise Iraqi forces.
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