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Iraq Cabinet Approves Security Pact With US

The Iraq Cabinet gave its approval to a security pact negotiated by its government with the
Bush administration. Iraq has attempted to gain complete sovereignty but was forced to accept the presence of American troops for until 2012. The US government gave assurances to Iraq that in-coming president Barack Obama would abide by the agreement. The only negative vote in the Cabinet came from Minister of Women’s Affairs, Nawal al-Samaraie, who wanted the agreement submitted to a referendum rather than being approved by he legislature. She also wanted the US to release Sunni prisoners who have yet to be charged with any crime.

A cloud on the horizon is refusal by Shiite leader, Muqtada al-Sadr, who opposes the agreement and wants US troops to leave immediately. He has threatened to resume attacks on US forces unless they evacuate.

The unknown factor is Barack Obama and what he wants. The Bush administration can not speak for the new president.

Iraq And US Continue Debate Over Treaty

Iraq government officials are still engaged in discussions with the United States over final details about the proposed treaty which would govern the continued presence of American forces and their role in military operations. American officials are close to an agreement but they disagree with Iraq requests to have legal control over American soldiers and contractors. Iraqi lawmakers insist these changes are necessary in order to win parliamentary approval of any security pact. They want to control actions by soldiers and contractors when they are off duty and have the right to place them on trial if they violate the law.

Unless an agreement is reached before the end of the year, US military operations would have to cease. Iraq demands that its territory could not be used as a staging area in order to attack another nation– most likely their concern is over any American attack on Iran. The dilemma for Iraq is the need for American troops for at least another year, but they also want to be in charge of their own nation.