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TEHRAN, Iran, (AP) – Iran’s hardline newspapers are urging the Iraqi parliament to reject a security pact with the United States that would keep American troops in Iraq for three more years.

The daily Jomhuri-e-Eslami warns in a front-page editorial Tuesday that a popular uprising will erupt in Iraq if the Iraqi parliament approves the deal.

Another newspaper, Kayhan, describes the pact as a “sellout of Iraq.” That paper is run by a representative of Iran’s top leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Iran has long called for American troops to leave Iraq. But in recent weeks, the Iranian government had publicly toned down its opposition to the deal.

Iraq’s parliament is scheduled to vote on the agreement Wednesday.

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