posted on Sep, 23 2009 @ 09:12 AM
reply to post by UmbraSumus
Thank you very much for your reply. Starred your post.
My apologies for the delay in responding; work unfortunately intervened...
So, as there was a Status of Forces Agreement between the US and Iraq, then as you say, it looks like the US military there would be expected to
respond to any Iraqi request for support in the event of unauthorized 3rd-nation military crossing its borders (or entering its airspace).
I did some digging on the SOFA and found that there was supposed to be a referendum on it by the end of July this year. Some sources say that without
that referendum, the SOFA is not ratified and is null and void. Others say that the agreement stands and that the referendum only gave Iraqis the
right to choose whether to extend the SOFA or withdraw it, hastening US forces' exit from the territory.
The reason I've mentioned this is that it seems yet another case of muddy waters in the middle east and leaves us in doubt as to what the true
position is. But I appreciate that sometimes, such a state is not without its advantages for both sides. For the time being, though, I guess we can
work on the principle that as the SOFA has not been officially declared null and void, then it's still in place, so your original statement would
hold good. All the same, what Mr Z.B. had to say still suggests a slightly different slant on things and makes me wonder what message he was really
sending out -- and to whom.
Just as an aside, during my digging around for SOFA info, I realized that the famous shoe-throwing incident occurred at the press conference following