U.S. Military Hoped for Virtually Unlimited Freedom of Action in Iraq

Drafting of U.S.-Iraq Security Agreement Began Nearly Five Years Ago

By National Security Archive

Documents obtained by the National Security Archive under the Freedom of Information Act indicate that the U.S. started drafting the agreement in November 2003. - These preliminary planning documents show that from the outset U.S. aspirations for conducting military operations based in Iraq were essentially without limit.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20138.htm



'Breakthrough' in Iraq pact

Muqtada al-Sadr's Shi'ite movement is playing a smart game by opposing the deal and demanding a referendum on it, as it declared through a mass protest in late May. This strategy both strengthens the Sadrists' anti-US credentials and gains the favor of the masses by insisting on public approval for any agreement.

//www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/JF21Ak03.html



Iraqi foreign minister hints at delay for U.S. security agreement

At a news conference in Baghdad, Zebari said that intense negotiations under way since early March had made headway, but that many difficult issues had yet to be decided, like the extent of Iraqi control over American operations and the right of American soldiers deployed here to detain suspects.

//www.iht.com/articles/2008/07/02/mideast/iraq.php


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