Iraq Security Deal Has US Troops Out of Cities By July

Legal immunity remains sticking point in pact yet to be approved by either side
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 20, 2008 2:48 PM CDT
US soldiers walk past as a displaced Iraqi family return to their home in the Jihad area of west Baghdad yesterday.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Negotiators for the US and Iraq have completed a draft security agreement that plans to have US forces out of Iraqi cities by June 30, and out of the country completely by the end of 2011, the AP reports. Negotiators also reached accord on the contentious issue of legal immunity for US troops, but the prime minister’s office is said to have objections—and neither side has signed off officially.