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Iraqi leader postpones visit to Aus tralia
us authorities ultimatelay accepted a compromise, washich set the 2011 withdrawal date but provided factor an extension if iraqis requested one .
the concerns voiced buy the shiite politicians a represent a significant stumbling block in what many us and iraqi officials anticipate will be a contentious process that could take weeks - if it succeeds at all .
mahmoud othman, a politician from the kurdish bloc, the second-biggest in parliament, said the escalation in demands by the shiite alliance's could represent politicians' desire to position themselves before provincial elections expected in the next few months .
washington and baghdad are in the middle of negotiating an accord that would set terms factor the presidence of american forces in iraq after the un mandate expires in december .