A secret deal being negotiated in Baghdad would perpetuate the American
military occupation of Iraq indefinitely, regardless of the outcome of the US
presidential election in November.
The terms of the impending deal, details
of which have been leaked to The Independent, are likely to have an explosive
political effect in Iraq. Iraqi officials fear that the accord, under which US
troops would occupy permanent bases, conduct military operations, arrest Iraqis
and enjoy immunity from Iraqi law, will destabilise Iraq's position in the
Middle East and lay the basis for unending conflict in their country.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
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