Syrian minister criticizes Iraq-US security pact

Syria's information minister says the security pact with the US approved by the Iraqi Cabinet amounts to an "award to the occupiers" of Iraq. After months of haggling, the Iraqi Cabinet on Sunday approved the pact that would keep US troops in Iraq for three more years. The deal is to go before the Iraqi parliament for final approval later in November. Syria's information minister, Mohsen Bilal, told the AP on Monday that rather than rewarding the US occupiers with the pact, Iraqis should get an apology from Washington for the damage done to their country. Iraqi neighbors and US adversaries Iran and Syria have opposed the pact and say an immediate withdrawal of US forces would be the best solution.