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.)
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.