The Iraq government has made clear to the United States it is prepared to assume control of the issue of security for Baghdad. General Abdel Karim Khalaf said Iraqi police are quite capable of handling security duties throughout the capital, a responsibility now under the supervision of American troops. “We have the ability to take over the internal security responsibility in Baghdad if American troops pull out of the city.” His comments came as reports circulate that the Iraq government is close to negotiating a deal with the Bush administration.
As leaders discussed who should be in charge of security, a female suicide bomber detonated an explosive vest in a city northeast of Baghdad which killed eleven people and wounded nineteen. It was supposed to be a double suicide attempt by the man failed to set off his vest and was arrested.
One problem is what happens if the Iraq military encounters difficulty. Will American troops return to Baghdad?