Monday, October 20, 2008

Update on Iraqi SOFA - Cushions May Get Harder

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:
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.

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