The Shiite bloc, which includes Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's Dawa party, also insists that Iraqi officials have a bigger role in determining whether U.S. soldiers accused of wrongdoing are subject to prosecution in Iraqi courts, said Sami al-Askeri, a political adviser to Maliki. That proposal has been resisted by the Pentagon.
Monday, October 20, 2008
CAAFlog mentioned, here, the draft Iraqi SOFA making its way through the Iraqi political process. Though many news outlets are focusing on the demands made by a faction of the Iraqi parliament for certain US troop withdrawal timetables, I noticed that the same bloc was also making demands concerning jurisdiction over US military personnel. From the front page of the WaPo: