US, Iraq Have Draft Of Deal To Pull US Troops Out

BAGHDAD — Iraq and the United States have reached a preliminary agreement to withdraw American troops from Iraqi cities by June.

The announcement from Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari comes after his Baghdad meeting with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

The talks on a withdrawal timetable follow President Bush’s long-standing stance that setting a schedule for U.S. troops to leave would be dangerous. The draft agreement would link troop reductions to the achievement of certain security milestones.

A final agreement would require endorsement of the proposed deal by top Iraqi leaders and the Iraqi parliament.