Strategic Framework Agreement Between Iraq And The U.s

The Aswat al-Iraq news agency reported a mixed reaction from the Iraqi people to the news of the cabinet approval of the agreement. Residents of Sadr City in Baghdad, A stronghold of Muqtada al-Sadr, said they believed the agreement was signed too quickly[27] while a wider „vox-pop“ of Iraqis said they thought the agreement would become a point of disagreement. [28] In a letter to U.S. military personnel on new rules of engagement, General Ray Odierno said U.S. forces would reduce their visibility, but that this did not mean „a reduction in our basic ability to protect ourselves.“ Odierno wrote that U.S. forces „will coordinate operations with the agreement of the Indian government (Iraqi government), and we will conduct all operations of, with and by Iraqi security forces. Despite some adjustments in the way we conduct operations, the agreement simply reinforces the transitions that are already underway and I want to stress that our general principles remain the same,“ he wrote. [41] Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said Pompeo and Hussein had „reviewed the strategic dialogue and reaffirmed the principles agreed by both sides in the Strategic Framework Agreement (SFA).“ The agreement signed in 2008 establishes long-term cooperation and friendship. „The Foreign Minister encouraged the Foreign Minister to continue efforts to meet the demands of the Iraqi people for a more just and just nation and expressed support for a budget agreement between the federal and Kurdish governments as well as early elections next year,“ she added. U.S.

contractors working for U.S. forces are subject to Iraqi criminal law, while contractors working for the State Department and other U.S. forces may retain their immunity. „The issue of immunity, the biggest issue we talk about, is addressed in the. Agreement,“ said Alan Chvotkin, who works on behalf of contractors including Blackwater Worldwide based in Moyock, N.C. Chvotkin said he believes Blackwater`s guards still have immunity under L. Paul Bremer`s Executive Order 17. Blackwater currently has no license to work in Iraq. [58] Continued security gains and the growing capacity and confidence of the Iraqi government and security forces are the reasons why the United States and Iraqis have been able to negotiate these agreements.

[9] Grand Ayatollah Ali Husseini al-Sistani expressed concern about the ratified version of the pact and said that the Iraqi government had no power to control the transfer of US forces to and from Iraq, that it had no control over deliveries, and that the pact granted US troops immunity from prosecution in Iraqi courts. He said Iraqi dominance in the country is not complete as long as U.S. troops are present, but that in the end, the Iraqi people would judge the pact by referendum. [12] Sistani considers parts of the deal „a mystery“ and said the pact offered „no guarantee“ that Iraq would regain sovereignty. [13] The Security Agreement directs our security relations with Iraq and governs the United States.