SOFA, So Good?

The Iraqi Cabinet today approved the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) with the United States over the continued presence of U.S. troops in the country. The agreement would call for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from towns and cities beginning on June 30, 2009, and from the rest of the country by Dec. 31, 2011.

"The American side assures us that the newly elected president will comply with what both sides agreed upon," said Iraqi press spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh.

The Iraqi Parliament will vote on the agreement within 10 days and is set to debate it Monday.

No official response yet from President-elect Obama, who will inherit this agreement.

- jpt

UPDATE: Obama Transition Team spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter says, "President-elect Obama believes it is critical that a status of forces agreement that ensures sufficent protections for our men and women in uniform is reached before the end of the year. We look forward to reviewing the final text of the agreement."

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