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Lebanon's Iranian-backed Hezbollah group on Thursday called on Iraqi lawmakers to reject a security pact with the United States that would keep American troops in the country for another three years.

A statement issued by the militant Shi'ite Muslim group said the pact infringes on Iraq's sovereignty and would cause further damage to the country.

It says the pact, which still needed to be approved by the Iraqi parliament, would provide unwarranted legitimacy to the U.S. occupation.

Iran has also criticized the pact but seems to have softened its stance somewhat since the Iraqi Cabinet approved the pact this week.