Unofficial Translation of U.S.-Iraq Troop Agreement from the Arabic Text + Bitter battles ahead?

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By McClatchy Newspapers
Nov. 18, 2008

Translated from the Arabic by Sahar Issa, Jenan Hussein and Hussein Kadhim of the McClatchy Baghdad Bureau.

An Agreement between the Republic of Iraq and the United States of America regarding the Withdrawal of the American Forces from Iraq and Regulating their Activities During their Temporary Presence in it

PREFACE

The United States of America and the Republic of Iraq – which will hereafter be referred to as the two parties – recognize the importance of strengthening their joint security and participating in global peace and stability, fighting terrorism in Iraq and cooperating in the fields of security and defense to deter aggression and threats directed towards the sovereignty and unity of Iraq and its constitutional, federal, democratic system;

They hereby confirm that this cooperation is built upon the basis of mutual respect for each other’s full sovereignty and according to the objectives and principles of the UN mandate;

And according to the wish of both parties to reach a mutual understanding to enhance cooperation between them;

Without encroaching upon the sovereignty of Iraq, upon its soil, water or airspace, and upon the basis of being two independent, equal states of sovereignty, have agreed to the following:

Article One

Scope and Purpose

This agreement defines the basic rules and requirements that regulate the temporary presence of the American Forces in Iraq, their activities in it and their withdrawal from Iraq.

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Iraq-US Security Pact: Bitter battles ahead?

Leila Fadel: Iraq deal will NOT allow residual forces, but opponents say too many loopholes

On Sunday the Iraqi government agreed to keep U.S. troops in the country for three more years although this does rest upon the approval of Iraqi parliament, who is meeting later this month.  This agreement does not come without it’s critics including disapproval from other government officials and Iran officials.

The Real News spoke to McClatchy’s Baghdad Bureau Chief, Leila Fadel who seems optimistic about this agreement, “I think the way that this agreement should really be looked at is the end of what is deemed as U.S. occupation”. Although she did express concern over the likelihood of the bill passing parliament stating “at this point it’s unclear…..but there’s still a lot of opposition” referring to the Sadrist and Sunni elements within the government who are vehemently against the proposed agreement.  Yesterday discussions in parliament were canceled due to fighting over the proposed agreement.

Fadel feels that this agreement ultimately puts power back in the hands of Iraqi people noting it “basically says the Americans must withdraw” and this means “the Iraqi government will have a lot more say about what happens in their country.” However, contestants are justifiably concerned over potential loops holes.

With such opposition to the agreement Fadel says, “I see a lot of bitter battles in the future once this agreement goes in to place”.

see

Steve Fainaru: Big Boy Rules: America’s Mercenaries Fighting in Iraq

Mosaic News – 11/18/08: World News from the Middle East

America’s Moronic Iraqi Policy By Paul Craig Roberts

A Pact With The Devil By Pepe Escobar + Iraqi cabinet accepts US agreement

Iraq cabinet approves troop agreement with U.S.

Robert Fisk: Endless War, Iraq and 9/11 (must-see video)

4 thoughts on “Unofficial Translation of U.S.-Iraq Troop Agreement from the Arabic Text + Bitter battles ahead?

  1. The next day the Iraqi government arrived. I actually wish I could speak this agreement instead of having to blunder through with my English. I kept saying it was unnecessary, but they would have the future of it.

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