Cockburn talks about US holding Iraqi money hostage

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Iraq Correspondent Patrick Cockburn on the US-Iraqi Clash Over the Status of US Troops

The Bush administration is leveraging tens of billions of dollars in seized Iraqi assets to force the Iraqi government to accept several demands in a long-term deal on keeping US troops in Iraq. The demands have included maintaining fifty-eight permanent military bases in Iraq, immunity for American troops and contractors, a free hand to conduct military operations without Iraqi approval and control of Iraqi airspace. We speak to journalist Patrick Cockburn of the London Independent, who broke the story last week.

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US Issues Threat to Iraq’s $50bn Foreign Reserves in Military Deal

Revealed: Secret Plan to Keep Iraq Under US Control by Patrick Cockburn