Saturday, October 25, 2008

U.S. forces deal in Iraq collapsing

Talks between Iraq and the United States on the presence of American troops in the country are breaking down according to Iraqi officials.

The Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) gives a legal basis for the US troop presence after the United Nations mandate expires on December 31.

With parliamentary elections coming up, many Iraqi voters see the deal as a prelude to colonialism and candidates fear voter wrath if they support the agreement. Washington may attempt to renew teh UN security mandate if the SOFA talks fail.

Daily Star - Lebanon

Deal on American presence in Iraq close to collapse
Times Online - 3 hours ago
Senior Iraqi politicians have warned that a crucial deal between Baghdad and Washington governing the presence of American troops in the country is doomed to failure after five months of talks.
Video: Inside Story - Iraq security deal - Oct 24 - Part 1 AlJazeeraEnglish
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