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Iraq Cabinet approves draft oil law

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s Cabinet approved a draft oil law and the Iraqi parliament was to begin debate on the measure Wednesday, a major sign of progress in a long-delayed political benchmark sought by the U.S. to boost reconciliation between Iraq’s Sunnis and Shiites. For months, Washington has pressed its ally al-Maliki to quickly pass the oil law and other pieces of legislation, considered a vital part of President Bush’s attempts to end Iraq’s turmoil — alongside a security crackdown by an increased U.S. military force. Full Story

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