The Iraq government has made clear it wants American troops out of its country no later than 2011. Failure on the part of Iraq to reach an agreement with the United States might result in suspension of military activities on the part of US military forces. Prime Minister Maliki apparently wants removal of any mention of a possible extension of US troops “fearing that the existing clause might be misinterpreted or could bear different interpretation.” The Iraqis also want jurisdiction over the behavior of American troops which will not be accepted by the American government. Iraqis want the right to determine which military operations can take place.
There is no indication the Bush administration will back down from its stand on maintaining jurisdiction over US troops, except when a solider is on a personal visit to an Iraqi area. The real question is what would happen if the United States decides to suspend all military operations.