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Iraqi Presidency Council Approves Measure for Non-U.S. Troops

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Iraq's presidency council has approved a parliamentary measure allowing the presence of non-U.S. foreign troops in the country after a United Nations mandate expires at the end of this month.

The three-person council comprising Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and two vice presidents ratified the measure on Sunday, after lawmakers approved it last week.

The non-U.S. troops include those from Britain, Australia, Estonia, Romania, and NATO.

Also Sunday, the U.S. military said a soldier was killed in a roadside bombing in northern Baghdad.

And Iraqi authorities said a car bomb exploded outside the central city of Fallujah Sunday, killing two civilians and wounding four more.

A report released Saturday shows Iraqi civilian deaths totaled more than eight-thousand this year.


It was a sharp drop from 2006 and 2007, when a total of more than 48-thousand civilians were killed.

The British non-governmental organization, Iraq Body Count, said the most dramatic drop in violence occurred in Baghdad.

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