Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Iraq's foreign minister Hoshyar Zebari discussed a broad agreement on the future U.S. troop presence in Iraq that envisions the withdrawal of American combat troops from Iraq by December 2011.
The date is later than the Iraqis wanted, but the inclusion of any form of timetable represented a concession from the Bush administration which wanted open-ended permission for U.S. forces to remain in Iraq.
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However, the two sides have yet to reach a final agreement. According to the Washington Post, “The question of immunity for U.S. troops and Defense Department personnel from Iraqi legal jurisdiction -- demanded by Washington and rejected by Baghdad -- remained unresolved.”
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