[Another] official said a compromise had been worked out on the contentious issue of whether to provide U.S. troops immunity from prosecution under Iraqi law, but he did not give details. In Washington, the senior military official said the draft agreement reflects the U.S. position that the United States must retain exclusive legal jurisdiction over its troops in Iraq. While Iraqi negotiators signed off on the draft, another official close to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said the country's political leadership objected to parts of the text, including the immunity provision.Seems like they aren't any closer to resolving the issue.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
The WaPo is reporting that, "Iraqi and U.S. negotiators have completed a draft security agreement that would see American troops leave Iraqi cities as soon as June 30, Iraqi and American officials told The Associated Press on Wednesday." The story notes that the agreement includes language regarding the status of U.S. forces and, specifically, legal jurisdiction over them. However, the story seems to diverge from its initial "completed a draft" tag line when discussing the immunity issue,