Thanks, Boomer. I did a little searching and found that according to Reuters,
the agreement was signed Nov. 17 by Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari
and U.S. ambassador Ryan Crocker. The deadline is Dec 31, 2011.
The Boston Globe reported that this "Status of Forces" agreement was passed
by the Iraqi parliament Nov 27.
This is Feb 2009. Sixteen months bring us to - um - June 2010. So is this all
about not withdrawing 18 months earlier than the agreement calls for, or is
there more to it than that?