Security pact approved by Iraqi cabinet
Iraq’s cabinet voted Sunday to approve a security pact that would see a continued presence of U.S. troops in Iraq until the end of 2011.
The New York Times reports that all but one of the 28 cabinet ministers at the meeting voted to approve the agreement, which will now be sent to Parliament for consideration and could be voted on as early as Nov. 24
The Associated Press describes the pact as a compromise between Iraq’s desire for full sovereignty with its need for American support to reach that goal.
"It's the best possible, available option," government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said to the Associated Press.
The fate of the pact had been in doubt in the months leading up to the vote, the New York Times reports, as the Iraqis continued to press for changes on a variety of issues.
There is still some hesitation among different blocs in the parliament about approving the deal, with the Sunnis waiting for a national referendum and the Kurds tentatively supporting the agreement.
Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called Sunday for the parliament to veto the agreement and threatened to resume attacks on U.S. forces unless they immediately withdraw from Iraq.