U.S.-Iraq Pact in Jeopardy

Many Iraqis see the American presence as a smear on national sovereignty, even if some believe it is needed for now to combat a lingering insurgency. In the 275-seat parliament, the security pact has become a flash point for attacks on al-Maliki in what could be a campaign warm-up before provincial elections on Jan. 31 and general elections late in 2009.

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