| GEO World|
| Iraqi leaders raise reservations over pact with US|
| Updated at: 0336 PST, Monday, October 20, 2008|
BAGHDAD: A pact that would allow US troops to stay in Iraq for three years failed to secure the support of Iraqi political leaders on Sunday, raising doubts about whether it can survive without new negotiations.
The Iraqi government took pains to say the pact was not yet dead, but the lack of an endorsement from a body known as the political council for security which groups parliamentary faction leaders makes its future far from certain.
"They just finished the meeting and they did not take a decision on the pact because some groups had reservations," government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said.
The leaders were "still hesitant to approve or reject" the deal, he said, adding that only the main Kurdish groups supported the pact without reservations.