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Iraqis agree to debate bill creating autonomous states

After yielding to several demands from Sunni Arab parties, Iraqi political leaders agreed on Sunday to start debate on a bill that could eventually allow the country to be broken into autonomous states. The legislative fight is at the heart of one of the most critical and divisive issues in Iraq: whether Shiites in the south will be able to form semi-independent regions, like Kurdistan in the north, that would control their own security as well as billions of barrels of oil. Full Story

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