US reviewing Iraqi changes to security pact

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration has started reviewing proposed changes the Iraqis want in a security pact that would let U.S. troops stay in Iraq after a U.N. mandate expires on Dec. 31.

The Iraqi Cabinet on Tuesday authorized Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to reopen talks with the U.S. on the security agreement. An aide to al-Maliki says the Iraqis are seeking four changes in the deal, including one concerning judicial jurisdiction that they acknowledge would be difficult for the Americans to accept.

Bush administration officials have said that Washington had given Iraq its last offer. But White House press secretary Dana Perino says U.S. negotiators in Iraq are closely reviewing the new amendments from the Iraqis to see if they are acceptable to the administration.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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