United States Army helicopters are seen with the crews as they wait for British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his entourage to take them from Baghdad International Airport to the heavily-fortified Green Zone, Tuesday Oct. 2, 2007. Iraq will take over security from British troops in Basra province within two months, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki told reporters Tuesday after meeting with Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who said 1,000 more British troops would be withdrawn from Iraq by year's end. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, Pool)
There appears to be progress on a deal to pull American forces out of Iraq.
Two Baghdad government officials say the deal would have all U.S. combat troops out by October 2010, with the rest gone about three years later. However, a U.S. official suggests the 2010 date may be too ambitious.
A timetable is part of a security agreement being negotiated by U.S. and Iraqi officials. Both sides stress the deal is not final and could fall apart over the issue of legal immunity for American troops.
One of the U.S. officials said Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki had a long and "very difficult" telephone conversation Wednesday in which she pressed the Iraqi leader for more flexibility, particularly on immunity.
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