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Maliki won't sign divisive SOFA

Iraqi Premier Nouri al-Maliki 'will not sign' the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) over fears that it might create division in the country.

A lawmaker from the United Iraqi Alliance, Iraq's most powerful parliamentary bloc, made the announcement, adding that a "national consensus" is required before any move, the McClatchy Newspaper reported on Saturday.

MP Sheikh Jalal al-Din al-Sagheer, who is also the deputy head of Iraq's Supreme Islamic Council, added that the country's political leaders are thinking about alternative options, including an extension of the UN mandate for the presence of US troops inside the country.

According to the report, Russia has assured Baghdad that it would not veto any motion at the UN Security Council to extend the mandate of US troops inside Iraq.

If the agreement is shelved, the Bush Administration, which has been seeking to provide a legal basis for the presence of US troops in Iraq, will suffer a major setback in the twilight months of George W. Bush in office.

The report comes while Ali al-Adeeb, the chief of staff of al-Maliki's Dawa party announced Wednesday that the Iraqi parliament "cannot approve this pact in its current form."

SOFA would also grant a form of immunity from legal prosecution to US citizens inside the country and it would allow the US to set up permanent military bases in Iraq. Many Iraqi political and religious leaders consider SOFA as a humiliating agreement which would turn Iraq into a de facto US colony.


http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=73264§ionid=351020201
Sat, 25 Oct 2008 18:40:21 GMT


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Added: Oct-25-2008 
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    • Dont make me laugh. The US wants permanent bases in iraq (to excert regional control). I hope that they the US/coalition leave iraq with nothing absolute 0. Any contracts they did make are torn up because they are invalid.

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  • He won't sign over the country to Americans, Zionsts, International bankers and oil companies? that's pretty uppity of him. :rolleyes:

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  • I agree with your point about presstv. No mainstream western media is carrying the story.

    But regardless, one of the main sticking points on the agreement has been those exact points no? The potentially permanent precence of US troops in Iraq, and the legal immunity of US troops and contractors from Iraqi law whilst performing official duties?

    Anyway, it's obvious that the people do not want the foreign troops there anymore. I reckon a good mid way would be for all combat troops to re-depl More..

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  • hola

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  • this is a bullshit article btw... none of the facts are right.

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    • such as?

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    • 1. SOFA does not say US citizens are immune it says they will be tried by US prosecuters for for crimes commited on US bases.

      2. SOFA says NOTHING about permanent bases as the maine point of the Iraqis was NO PERMANENT BASES.

      most of all it from fucking PRESSTV a Iranian state run news outlet. Are you kidding dude? You probably talk shit on the pentagon channel and eat up presstv huh?

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    • 1. Tried by US prosecutors like the ones in Gitmo?

      2. US is already building permanent bases & by staying there they would keep building them

      Calm down bro you're reading things that aren't there.

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    • above post is for you... forgot to quote

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    • 1. Ridiculous statement. We could shoot most of those people in the back of the head legally according to the geneva convention without a trial(as people who directly violate the conventions are not protected by it), which is absolute savagery and would never fly of course. But comparing it to subjecting our guys to stone age laws like the Iraqis have is ridiculous or even the idea of letting a foreign nation prosecute our soldiers for crimes commited against other soldiers is outrageous and n More..

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  • retards

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  • "As the Iraqis step up, we will step down."
    Woha, don't step up that much!

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    • Well, I guess the main difference is that Germany wanted to and did sign a SOFA and Iraq apparently does not want to and isn't going to.
      Face it: the Iraqis don't like the occupation. They don't want an extended occupation. They don't like the U.S. running their country.

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