October 13, 2008 7:12 PM

Iraqi VP: U.S., Iraq won't reach accord on troops this year

With the United Nations mandate authorizing U.S. forces to be in Iraq expiring on Dec. 31, that means the U.S. may not have a legitimate right to remain in the country, Tariq al Hashimi, Iraq's Sunni Muslim vice president, told McClatchy. Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki told a London newspaper that if there were no agreement "U.S. forces will be confined to their bases."

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