Iraq Cabinet meets, discusses US-related security pact

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Baghdad, Oct.21 : The Iraqi Cabinet has begun a meeting here to reportedly review a proposed security pact with the United States that would keep American troops in the country for three more years.

The Cabinet must sign off before the draft agreement goes to Iraq's parliament.

The country's biggest Shiite alliance and some Sunni lawmakers have expressed opposition to the pact.

Government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh says the Cabinet meeting began Tuesday with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki chairing the session.

The spokesman says it's doubtful the ministers will take a decision on Tuesday.

ANI

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