Posted by: Lister | April 29, 2009

Raid in Kut

Has the Iraqi government resorted to the Pakistani tactic of condemning US attacks that it approved? The BBC reports:

Colonel Richard Francey, expressed his condolences for “a terrible tragedy” that took place in Kut on Sunday.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki denounced the operation as a crime and a violation of the security pact governing the US presence in Iraq.

The US says the raid was approved by Iraqi officials, as the pact requires.

Iraq has detained two of its army commanders who allegedly authorised the operation without the knowledge of officials.

[…] The complicated Status of Forces Agreement was signed in November last year and came into force in early 2009.

It requires all military operations in Iraq to have the government’s approval and allows for US soldiers to face trial if they commit crimes off base.

The US currently has more than 140,000 troops in Iraq, and combat troops are due to pull out of Iraq’s cities by the end of June.


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