The Iraq parliament finally over came opposition from Speaker Mahmoud al-Mashhadani and voted to allow non-American troops to remain in Iraq until July. The speaker had resigned in a dispute over several issues including the notorious shoe thrower. Great Britain’s contingent of 4,000 will be allowed to remain until the spring when they will all be sent back to England. American troops are allowed to remain until 2011 under a special agreement reached a few weeks ago. In a separate issue, the Iraq government admitted there never had been a plot to overthrow the government as it claimed several days ago.
The agreement clarifies a murky situation in which British troops technically could not remain in Iraq after January 1st. All accused of being involved in the alleged plot were released on bail.
The great unknown is will Iraq degenerate into squabbling factions and religious groups as they assume greater control over their nation’s destiny.
Prime Minister of Iraq is still furious at the United Kingdom for what he believes is its failure to crush the forces of his enemy, Moqtada al-Sadr. Britain’s troops were supposed to begin withdrawing in March, 2009 and, most probably, many will be sent as reinforcements to UK troops fighting in Afghansitan. Maliki has refused to even hold discussions with Britain until after the Iraq parliament has ratified the agreement with America regarding evacuation of its forces. If Iraq fails to negotiate an evacuation process with England, their troops in Iraq after December 31, 2008 will not be covered by any legal process.
The fiasco over the status of British troops in Iraq is simply one more episode in the disastrous operation in Iraq that began when Bush invaded the country searching for WMD that did not exist. Mailiki is angry British forces did not assist in the summer of 2007 efforts of his government to crush al-Sadr. Of course, British soldiers have died fighting for the Mailiki government, but, such is the way of things in Iraq.
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It is estimated about 18 British soldiers are anxiously a waiting reports as to whether or not they were infeced with a deadly disease. The men were wounded while fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan and received blood from US military sources. The American medical staff apparently did not follopw their own procedures to test donors prior to taking blood. British officials are furious and term this blunder “outrageous” and an “absolute disgrace” that men and women who riskedc their lives should have their own placed at risk due to bureaucratic blunders.
Each day and month the consequences of the invasion of Iraq raise new questions concerning preparation and organization. The World Health Organization recently noted that over 150,000 Iraqi civilians died due to the invasion. The count goes on.