Iraqi Parliament Backs US Withdrawal Plan
The Iraqi Parliament agreed to allow American troops stay in the country for three more years until 2012.
Local Ameriyah boys dive into the Ameriyah Pool during a grand reopening celebration Nov. 22. Soldiers from the 4th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, operationally attached to the 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad, worked for more than a year with local citizens and the government of Iraq to reopen the pool. (Capt. John Farmer- DVIDS)
The Iraqi parliament has voted to accept a deal on the future presence of US troops in the country.
The decision, praised by US President George Bush, means US troops will leave Iraqi streets by mid-2009 and will quit Iraq entirely by the end of 2011.
The agreement is the result of a year of negotiations with the US, with the Iraqis requesting several changes.
Some groups fiercely opposed the pact in parliament and at mass rallies, demanding that US troops leave earlier.
Iraq’s Presidential Council must still ratify the deal but its approval is expected.
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