Talks Begin on Keeping US Troops in Mosul, Baghdad

Despite deadline, US may keep forces in some Iraqi cities
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 27, 2009 3:40 AM CDT
An Iraqi Army soldier a US Army corporal stand guard during a joint patrol in Mosul, Iraq.   (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)
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(Newser) – The US and Iraq are negotiating exceptions to the June 30 deadline for withdrawing combat troops from Iraqi cities, reports the New York Times. While the US military will leave most cities and towns by the deadlines, troops may remain in Mosul, the northern city critical to al-Qaeda in Iraq, as well as in some parts of Baghdad.