Iran's judiciary chief lauds US-Iraqi pact

Iran's judiciary chief says the Iraqi government acted "very well" in approving the security pact with the United States that allows American troops to stay in Iraq for three more years. The remark by Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi was the first sign of approval from Iran of the controversial US-Iraqi deal. The pact got the green light Sunday from the Iraqi government and now has to be approved in the Iraqi parliament later in November. The Web site of Iran's state television on Monday quoting Shahroudi as saying he hoped the US will withdraw troops from Iraq within the time specified in the deal. Iran has long protested the pact, with some claiming it would turn Iraq into a US colony. Extremists within Iran's hard-line camp remain opposed it.