Leila Fadel, of McClatchy Newspapers: "Iraqi lawmakers say the United States is
demanding 58 bases as part of a proposed 'status of forces' agreement that will
allow US troops to remain in the country indefinitely. Leading members of the
two ruling Shiite parties said in a series of interviews the Iraqi government
rejected this proposal along with another US demand that would have effectively
handed over to the United States the power to determine if a hostile act from
another country is aggression against Iraq. Lawmakers said they fear this power
would drag Iraq into a war between the United States and Iran."