Lecture Notes 04

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http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-iraq22- 2008oct22,0,3634469.story From the Los Angeles Times Iraq Cabinet seeks changes in pact with U.S. With the U.N. mandate governing troops in Iraq running out in a few months, Iraqi ministers are set to debate alterations to a proposed U.S.-Iraq pact. By Ned Parker and Saif Hameed 4:44 PM PDT, October 21, 2008 Reported from Baghdad — Iraq's Cabinet asked for changes in a U.S.-Iraqi security agreement Tuesday, once more casting doubt on the document's speedy passage with less than three months to go before the U.N. mandate authorizing the presence of American troops in Iraq expires. The first Cabinet session reviewing the document revealed what a divisive issue the security agreement has become. Only the country's Kurdish bloc is publicly backing the current accord, while Shiite Muslim and Sunni Arab allies of the United States remain wary of endorsing the draft, which had been described by both Americans and Iraqis as in its final form. The Iraqi side again called for more negotiations. "The Council of Ministers has unanimously agreed that there are necessary amendments which need to be made to the current draft in order to raise the agreement to a nationally acceptable level," government spokesman Ali Dabbagh said in a statement. The slow pace means an agreement might not be reached before the U.S. presidential election in two weeks, and that Iraqi and U.S. negotiators might ultimately forgo a long- term security agreement in favor of a more temporary arrangement. In Washington, Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates told reporters that the door to
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This note was uploaded on 10/21/2008 for the course AN SC 999 taught by Professor Balzak during the Fall '02 term at Cornell.

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