04 Aug '11, 2am

#US training mission in #Iraq faces hurdles - experts: @AFP

#US training mission in #Iraq faces hurdles - experts: @AFP

BAGHDAD: Iraq may have announced a willingness to hold talks with the US over a military training mission beyond 2011, but any such deal still faces popular opposition and political hurdles, analysts say. On Wednesday Iraqi leaders said they would open negotiations with Washington over keeping a contingent of US forces in Iraq to train domestic security forces, after months of appeals from American officials for Baghdad to make a decision. The agreement came after an hours-long closed door meeting hosted by President Jalal Talabani in Baghdad, with political leaders largely agreeing to open the talks, except for representatives of radical anti-US cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's parliamentary movement. The decision is a key first step, but any final deal still needs to resolve contentious details such as the size of the US force, the duration of its stay and whether its members wo...

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