Iraqi PM Discusses Short-Term Security Pact With USBy VOA News
07 July 2008

Police vehicle carrying people injured in a roadside bomb blast arrives at a hospital in Baquba, 07 Jul 2008
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says he is discussing a short-term security accord with the United States that could set a timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq.

The Bush administration opposes a timetable.

Mr. Al-Maliki made the remarks to group of Arab ambassadors in the United Arab Emirates Monday,

Baghdad and Washington have been in negotiations about a new long-term security deal that would decide the future of U.S.-led foreign forces in Iraq beyond 2008, when a U.N. mandate expires.

In other news, Iraqi authorities say a female suicide bomber killed at least two people and wounded 12 others in the northern city of Baquba, Monday.

Police say the bomber detonated her explosives at a market in Baquba - the capital of Diyala province.

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