Iraq Cabinet Approves Security Pact With US

The Iraq Cabinet gave its approval to a security pact negotiated by its government with the
Bush administration. Iraq has attempted to gain complete sovereignty but was forced to accept the presence of American troops for until 2012. The US government gave assurances to Iraq that in-coming president Barack Obama would abide by the agreement. The only negative vote in the Cabinet came from Minister of Women’s Affairs, Nawal al-Samaraie, who wanted the agreement submitted to a referendum rather than being approved by he legislature. She also wanted the US to release Sunni prisoners who have yet to be charged with any crime.

A cloud on the horizon is refusal by Shiite leader, Muqtada al-Sadr, who opposes the agreement and wants US troops to leave immediately. He has threatened to resume attacks on US forces unless they evacuate.

The unknown factor is Barack Obama and what he wants. The Bush administration can not speak for the new president.