VOANews.com

Voice of America Trusted Source of News & Information since 1942

11 July 2009 

Today from VOA:

Live Streams:  Latest Newscast |  Africa Live |  Global Live
News in 45 Languages
Iraqi Shi'ite Lawmakers Protest British Troop Extension

11 July 2009

A British soldier of the 20th Battalion, Royal Welsh Regiment, stands guard at a crossroads in Basra (file photo)
A British soldier of the 20th Battalion, Royal Welsh Regiment, stands guard at a crossroads in Basra (file photo)
A group of Iraqi lawmakers loyal to Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has staged a protest against a proposal allowing British troops to remain in the country.

The Sadrist politicians walked out of a session of parliament Saturday, suspending consideration of the proposal.

The deal would allow up to 100 British troops to stay in Iraq beyond a previously approved withdrawal date.  They would be responsible for helping the Iraqi navy protect oil installations off the southern coast.

Moqtada al-Sadr has been a vocal and influential critic of the foreign military presence in Iraq, led by the United States.

U.S. troops withdrew from Iraqi cities at the end of June, transferring security responsibilities to Iraqi forces.  Since then, there have been a several deadly bombings across the country.

A car bomb Saturday in a Shi'ite district near Mosul killed four people and wounded at least 35 others.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.


E-mail This Article E-mail This Article
Print This Article Print Version
  Related Stories
More Than 50 Killed in Attacks in Iraq
At Least 12 Killed in Iraq Attacks
Violent Attacks Kill Five in Iraq
 
  Top Story

  More Stories