|US and Iraqi officials began talks last month on a strategic framework agreement that defines long-term bilateral ties and a separate 'status of forces' deal outlining rules and protections governing US military activity in Iraq. The issue is highly charged, with members of Congress saying it could tie the hands of the next administration by locking the US into a long-term military presence in Iraq.
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