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Iraqi Parliament OKs Part of Benchmark Legislation

After much debate and threats of parliamentary dissolution, the Iraqi parliament has finally passed several laws that were part of the benchmark legislation demanded by the U.S. a year ago, when the military "surge" was ordered to give Iraqi politicians time and space to act.

Wednesday's vote included a $48 billion budget, legislation that sets a date for provincial elections and a measure that provides limited amnesty to detainees in Iraqi custody.

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