US Troops Could Be Prosecuted In Iraq

A draft security agreement being negotiated between the United States and Iraq calls for American troops to evacuate Iraq cities by June of next year and dealt with issues pertaining to the treatment of soldiers being charged with a crime. Under a compromise that has been agreed upon, American military officials would have the primary right to try troops and Pentagon contractors for alleged offenses on American bases or during military operations. It is the assumption of American officials that this would ensure soldiers who kill or wound civilians during a military operation would not be tried in Iraqi courts.

Reality is few of the 147,000 American troops ever leave their base and mix with Iraqis in social relations. The agreement also gives Iraq greater control over certain aspects of military operations such authorizing the detention of Iraqi civilians. The compromise certainly comes across as fair and protective to both sides.