Deal suggested for U.S. troops to be out of Iraq by 2012

U.S. and Iraqi negotiators have reached agreement on a proposal calling for a complete U.S. military withdrawal from Iraq by 2012. It needs approval from parliament on the Iraq side and Bush on the American side.

A joint Iraqi-U.S. committee would help define the duration and number of forces that would be needed and regularly assess the security situation on the ground.

Mohammed al-Haj Hamoud, deputy foreign minister and head of the Iraqi negotiating team, said the proposal also says the last date for the presence of U.S. troops in cities and towns will be June 30, 2009.


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