Iraqi Official: Deal with US Must Include Troop Withdrawal Timetable
By VOA News
08 July 2008
Iraq's national security advisor says his country will reject a planned security agreement with the United States, unless it includes a specific timetable for the withdrawal of U.S.-led forces from Iraq.
Mouwaffaq al-Rubaie spoke Tuesday in the Shi'ite holy city of Najaf. His comments were the strongest yet by an Iraqi official about the security accord under negotiation with Washington.
On Monday, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said his government is considering a deal that could include a timetable for the withdrawal of foreign forces.
The Bush administration opposes a timetable. The White House says security talks with Iraq are not aimed at setting a hard deadline for the withdrawal of U.S. troops.
The U.S. military in Iraq says a roadside bomb blast killed one U.S. soldier Tuesday west of Baghdad.
A separate statement says another roadside bomb killed four contractors and injured eight others near the northern city of Mosul on Monday.
The statement did not provide the victims' nationalities.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.
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