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U.S. and Iraq agree on troop withdrawal plan.

The Iraqi government approved a plan that will allow for US soldiers to begin leaving Iraq next year, the BBC reported Sunday.

The plan would call for all US soldiers to be out of the country by the end of 2011. The decision will need further approval from a vote in Iraqi parliament. America’s National Security Council approved of the decision, noting that it was important step in promoting security and stability within the nation. The pact was needed because the UN mandate determining the role of troops in Iraq will expire on Dec. 31.

The plan was restructured initially in October after the US government had previously stated the original pact was final. The cabinet approved the pact after a two-and-a-half hour meeting with all but one of the 28 minister present voting in favor of the new plan. The agreements terms include the placing of US forces in Iraq under the authority of the Iraqi government and a withdrawal of US troops from Iraqi cities and towns by 2009.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7731971.stm

http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/meast/11/16/security.pact.vote/index.html

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