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Iraqi Parliament Approves Status of Forces Agreement

Iraq lawmakers approved the U.S. security pact Thursday, ending months of wrangling between Baghdad and Washington.

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- Sept 16: U.S. General Raymond Odierno takes command of U.S.-led forces in Iraq from David Petraeus.

- Sept 17: Maliki warns that the security pact with the United States is facing "serious and dangerous obstacles."

- Sept 24: U.S. officials negotiating return to Baghdad to resume discussions on the security pact which have been deadlocked since early September.

- Nov 14: The White House endorses the text of the U.S.-Iraq military pact.

- Nov 16: The Baghdad government endorses the pact and sends it to parliament for its approval.

- Nov 27: Parliament approves the deal by a large majority.


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