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Another setback for US-Iraq security pact

BAGHDAD, Iraq. - There's another delay for the proposed security agreement between the U.S. and Iraq, which is designed to take effect in January.

An Iraqi government adviser says the Iraqi Cabinet has canceled a meeting today on the deal because proposals for amendments to an earlier draft "are still arriving." Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki has said he won't submit the agreement to parliament unless the Cabinet overwhelmingly approves it.

The U.S. wants the proposal approved as soon as possible because the U.N. mandate in Iraq expires the end of this year.

The draft agreement calls for all American combat forces to be removed from Iraqi cities by next June, and for all forces to leave the country by the end of 2011 -- unless both sides agree to an extension.

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