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Iraqi leaders agree to discuss US troop stay

Iraq’s political leaders have given the go-ahead for negotiations on allowing some US troops to stay in the country, hours after the US military chief urged Iraq to come to a “quick decision” on the controversial issue. Leaders from Iraq’s major parties agreed on Tuesday to allow Nouri al-Maliki, the prime minister, to negotiate with the United States over whether US troops should stay to train Iraqi forces after the December 31 deadline for their departure. “The leaders agreed to authorise the Iraqi government to start the talks with the United States that are limited to training issues,” the parties said in a joint statement. Al Jazeera’s…