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Iraq's al-Maliki wants short-term US agreement

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posted on Jul, 7 2008 @ 11:19 AM

Iraq's al-Maliki wants short-term US agreement

The Iraqi government proposed the memorandum after widespread Iraqi opposition to United States demands emerged during talks on a more formal Status of Forces Agreement.

The proposed memorandum includes a formula for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, al-Maliki told several Arab ambassadors to the United Arab Emirates during a meeting Monday.

"The goal is to end the presence" of foreign troops, said al-Maliki.

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posted on Jul, 7 2008 @ 11:19 AM
Wow. This is big news to me. With all the US military bases constructed or under construction in Iraq, it is clear the US intention is for a long term presence in the country. Now the Iraqi government wants us out in the short term. This won't sit well with the Bush administration.

It looks, at second glance, like some serious political gamesmanship is taking place here. There are a couple of sticking points to a long term US military presence in Iraq, and this seems to be the latest gambit from al-Maliki aimed at resolving the discrepancies.

The contentious issues are U.S. authority to carry out military operations in Iraq and arrest the country's citizens, plus legal immunity for private contractors and control of Iraqi air space.

Zebari said the U.S. had agreed to drop immunity for private contractors and give up control of Iraqi air space if the Iraqis guaranteed they could protect the country's skies with their limited air force.

But those concessions, which were never confirmed by the U.S., were apparently not enough to cement a formal agreement, leading Iraq to pursue the memorandum announced Monday.
(visit the link for the full news article)

[edit on 7-7-2008 by Icarus Rising]

posted on Jul, 7 2008 @ 12:53 PM
Well, the Iraqi occupation has so far run 2+ years longer than WW II, and this is frankly terrific news, if Malaki and co. can get their act together and tell us in so many words to get the heck out, then great. Hope we listen to them.

But then, what to do about the separation pangs from our protectorate, and its oil?


[edit on 7-7-2008 by gottago]

posted on Jul, 7 2008 @ 03:21 PM
The Iraqi's want us out.
The American people want us out.

What, may I ask, is the god damn holdup?

posted on Jul, 7 2008 @ 03:34 PM
The US and Allies in Iraq should broker a deal with Kuwait, build a base there. It's an ally, and a stable country. AND, they owe us big time from the first Gulf War.

posted on Jul, 7 2008 @ 04:23 PM
There are currently 16 operational bases in Kuwait. It appears the US has built or is in the process of building 14 enduring bases in Iraq. There is a lot riding on a continued US military presence in Iraq. I doubt we will just walk away from there.

posted on Jul, 8 2008 @ 02:15 PM
US rejects Iraqi plea.

We just had our "get out of jail free card," and Bush and Co. ruin it.

What I wouldn't give to put a bullet in those #ers' heads, and not face any consequences. We had the chance to pull out, and use the "they wanted us out" card, and not face any heat if things go south, and they decide not to.

I absolutely despise this government.

posted on Jul, 8 2008 @ 02:19 PM
so iraq want the US out , the US people want the US out

will they listen?

like hell, bush and co see there future as oil - and have just killed hundreds of thousands to get it , so who cares what the indigs say - they can`t do a damn thing about it anyway .

and more star spangled banners will be drapped over those giving there lives for the `free and the just`

in the name of oil.

posted on Jul, 8 2008 @ 03:28 PM
the Iraqi leadership can say they want us out in a 2 year window...

but i'm sure Sadar's Mahdi Army or a series of false flags will 'compell' the US forces to 'protect' the government and Iraqi citizens from civil war or just plain increased insurgency firefights & bombings.

Iraq has not the strength or will to throw off that 800 tonne imperial Beast
that is busy suffocating the leaderships integrity and ethical compass with the 'rewards' of money/wealth/ western hedonism... they are all being targeted and most will subscum to the sirens song !
And allow the long term, "enduring bases" to operate as the USA intended
but the other dozens of frontier bases will get axed by the Iraqi leadership...
a hollow victory they can take back to their constituency (same-old same old)

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