Iraq's Parliament Delays Vote On U.S. Pact

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
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Iraq's parliament speaker says a vote on a proposed security agreement with the United States has been delayed until Thursday.

Speaker Mahmoud al-Mashhadani's announcement came after a planned session to hold the vote did not go through Wednesday.

Intense deal-making among Iraqi factions delayed the vote. The Shiite-led government is struggling to meet demands of factions including a Sunni Arab bloc seeking concessions in return for its support.

Under the agreement, U.S. forces would stay in Iraq through 2011. The pact has the support of both the Iraqi cabinet and the White House.

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