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Iraq PM, U.S. envoy pledge harmony after tension

Iraq’s prime minister and the U.S. ambassador declared common goals on Friday after days of public wrangling that raised new questions about Iraq policy before next month’s U.S. congressional elections. In a joint statement after a meeting with U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said his government had “timelines” for political developments, employing the word at the heart of the debate. Iraqi officials say Maliki was angered this week when Khalilzad seemed to assure impatient American voters the Iraqi leader was following a U.S.-backed timetable of performance “benchmarks,” and they insisted any “timelines” were a purely Iraqi initiative and did not commit Maliki to action. Full Story

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