BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq wants the U.S. to make changes to a security pact that would keep U.S. troops there another three years, but there's no official word on what the changes might be.
A spokesman says the Iraqi officials decided amendments are necessary to win "national acceptance" for the proposed pact.
Making changes may mean the two countries would have to reopen negotiations, which had been going on for most of this year. The current U.N. mandate covering U.S. forces expires at the end of the year. Without a new agreement, there would be no legal basis for the U.S-led mission.
Iraq's Cabinet meets in a few days to consider the proposed changes and forward them to U.S. officials. The spokesman refused to specify the changes or say exactly when the Cabinet will meet.
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