- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 27, 2008

BAGHDAD (AP) – Two senior Shiite lawmakers close to the prime minister say an agreement has been reached with a group of mostly Sunni legislators for their support of a proposed U.S.-Iraqi security pact.

Lawmakers Khalid al-Attiyah and Sami al-Askari say both the agreement with the Sunnis as well as the security pact will be put to a vote later Thursday in the 275-seat parliament.

The security pact would allow American troops to stay in Iraq for three more years.

The two Shiite lawmakers say the agreement with the Sunnis does not include two of their demands. Those were the repeal of a law designed to weed out former members of Saddam Hussein’s Baath party, and the dissolution of a special court that tried the dictator and top officials of his regime.

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