US combat troops could leave Iraq by 2011 under the terms of a deal awaiting approval by Iraq’s parliament and presidency, an Iraqi official has said.
The draft security agreement also calls for US forces to withdraw from all Iraqi urban areas by June 2009.
The 27-point agreement reportedly includes a compromise allowing US soldiers some immunity under Iraqi law.
The final date when US troops leave will depend largely on security, the BBC’s Crispin Thorold in Baghdad says.
The decision will be taken by a joint committee, which could reduce or extend the amount of time US troops spend in the country.
Mohammed al-Haj Hammoud, the top Iraqi official negotiating with the US on the status of US forces in Iraq, said a deal had been agreed that envisaged all US combat troops leaving Iraq by 2011.
Some US troops could remain beyond 2011 “to train Iraqi security forces”, the AFP news agency quoted him as saying.
“The combat troops will withdraw from Iraqi cities by June 2009,” Mr Hammoud said.
“Both the parties have agreed on this… The negotiators’ job is done. Now it is up to the leaders.”
August 23, 2008, 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm
2011? Yeah, we’ll see. We never thought we’d be in Germany and Japan sixty-some years later either, but by golly, they haven’t made any trouble since then, have they.