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A U.S. soldier gives school supplies to students of Dhat Sawary primary school in al Adil neighborhood western Baghdad, Iraq. (AP)

A U.S. soldier gives school supplies to students of Dhat Sawary primary school in al Adil neighborhood western Baghdad, Iraq. (AP)

WASHINGTON (AFP) – General Ray Odierno, who commands US forces in Iraq, has accused Iran of trying to bribe Iraqi lawmakers in the hope of undermining an agreement that would allow US troops to remain in Iraq after the end of this year, The Washington Post reported Monday.

Odierno said Iran was working publicly and covertly to undermine the status-of-forces agreement that the US and Iraq are about to conclude and that must be ratified by the Iraqi parliament, the paper said.

“Clearly, this is one they’re having a ‘full court press’ on to try to ensure there’s never any bilateral agreement between the United States and Iraq,” it quoted him as saying, using a basketball expression.

“We know that there are many relationships with people here for many years going back to when Saddam was in charge, and I think they’re utilizing those contacts to attempt to influence the outcome of the potential vote in the council of representatives,” the general continued.

Odierno said, however, he had no definitive proof of the bribes, but added that “there are many intelligence reports” that suggest Iranians are “coming in to pay off people to vote against it,” The Post reported.

The status-of-forces agreement is designed to replace a UN resolution that sanctions the presence of US troops in Iraq. This resolution expires at the end of the year.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki welcomes Yunadem Kanna a Christian member of the Iraqi parliament during their meeting in Baghdad, Iraq. (AP)

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki welcomes Yunadem Kanna a Christian member of the Iraqi parliament during their meeting in Baghdad, Iraq. (AP)

US soldier inspects the wreckage of a vehicle used in a bomb attack in Baghdad. (R)

US soldier inspects the wreckage of a vehicle used in a bomb attack in Baghdad. (R)

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