Iraq wants no extension of US troops past 2011

BAGHDAD (AP) -- A Shiite lawmaker close to the prime minister says Iraq wants to remove language allowing U.S. troops to stay here after 2011 from a proposed security agreement now under negotiation.

Ali al-Adeeb also said Thursday the Iraqis want a joint U.S.-Iraqi committee to decide whether U.S. soldiers accused of crimes off base were really on authorized missions.

The current draft calls for all U.S. troops to leave by Dec. 31, 2011 unless the government asks them to stay. And it gives Iraqi courts limited jurisdiction over U.S. troops accused of major crimes committed off post and off duty.

Those are among proposed changes which the Iraqis say must be made before parliament can approve the agreement by a Dec. 31 deadline.

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


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