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New deal allows Iraq to command our troops ? Hey, Whoaaa, What ??

Since when do we work for Iraq ? This is insane !

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Washington and Baghdad have reached a final agreement after months of talks on a pact that would require U.S. forces to withdraw from Iraq by 2011, U.S. and Iraqi officials said on Wednesday.

The bilateral pact replaces a U.N. Security Council resolution enacted after the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 and will give Iraq's elected government authority over the U.S. troop presence for the first time.

The two countries reached a compromise on the difficult question of whether U.S. troops could be tried in Iraqi court, an issue that both sides had long said was holding up the pact.

The agreement was submitted to Iraqi political leaders for approval, a first step toward ratifying it in the Iraqi parliament, Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said.

A U.S. official in Washington confirmed the final draft had been agreed by both sides and would require U.S. troops to leave by the end of 2011, unless Iraq asks them to stay longer.

The administration of U.S. President George W. Bush had long resisted committing to timetables for withdrawing from Iraq, and U.S. officials had in the past declined to comment on any deadlines that might be contained in the agreement.

Dabbagh said the agreement envisions U.S. forces withdrawing from Iraqi towns and villages by the middle of next year, and withdraw completely from the country within three years.

"The withdrawal is to be achieved in three years. In 2011, the government at that time will determine whether it needs a new pact or not, and what type of pact will depend on the challenges it faces," he told Reuters.


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I see NOTHING in this that gives command of US troops ...It mearly gives authority over to IRAQ of our troop (presence) there ....YES or NO

oh you have to keep reading

There are three pages.

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Command and Jurisdiction Are Different

It makes sense that US forces who commit crimes in Iraq can be tried under Iraqi law. From the Iraqi perspective, they have a sovereign nation but not control over an occupying army that is detaining Iraqis without charge, and in some cases US troops are running rough shod over Iraqis.

Are you forgetting ?

First and most obviously we weren't supposed to be there . secondly if you have done any research on it the men were in many cases ordered to fire on civilians, Will Bush and all his generals be at the mercy of the Iraqi courts as well ?

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I just had an Army guy tell me recently that our troops would never be under command of anyone other than US because of the constitution. This sounds a little odd... maybe the reporting is slightly inaccurate? Maybe it's only in reference to the immunity thing since that's what most of the article is about.

Not even close to true

I served under NATO command in Kosovo, others have done the same in Afghanistan, and U.S. troops have served under U.N. command in the past.

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go to page two were it outlines war crimes.

Basically it says americans will be tried in Iraqi courts for killing civilians while on duty there.

"Immunity is politically sensitive in Iraq after a number of cases in which Iraqis say the U.S. military dealt too leniently with troops accused of killing or abusing Iraqi civilians.

The United States has similar status of forces agreements with more than 100 other countries. It allows NATO allies to prosecute U.S. soldiers for crimes unrelated to their military duties, but usually maintains tighter restrictions elsewhere."

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