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Iraq Claims US Raid Violated Security Pact

From an overjoyed Reuters:

Iraq says U.S. raid "a crime," violated security pact

By Aref Mohammed

BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraq viewed a U.S. military raid that killed two people as a crime that violated a bilateral security pact and demanded on Sunday that U.S. forces hand those responsible to the courts, an Iraqi official said.

The condemnation of the raid by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s government came after hundreds of Iraqis protested in the southern city of Kut against U.S. forces and the provincial governor condemned the military operation.

The U.S. military said it targeted "special group" fighters, its term for elite Shi’ite militiamen the United States says are funded and armed by Iran, in a raid early on Sunday on a house in Kut, 150 km (95 miles) southeast of Baghdad.

"The general commander is affirming that the killing of two citizens and detaining of others in Kut is considered a violation of the security pact," said an official in the office of Major General Qassim Moussawi, Baghdad’s security spokesman.

"He asks the commander of the multinational forces to release the detainees and hand over those responsible for this crime to the courts." ‘General commander’ refers to Maliki.

Under the U.S.-Iraqi security pact that came into force this year, the 137,000 U.S. troops in Iraq are no longer allowed to conduct military operations without Iraqi approval and coordination.

The pact says U.S. soldiers are immune to prosecution in Iraqi courts unless they are suspected of grave crimes committed while off duty outside their bases.

Two Iraqi military commanders who authorized the raid were detained on the orders of the defense minister, said Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Mohammed al-Askari. He said a committee had been sent to Kut to investigate.

"This committee has managed to get the six people detained by the Americans released," he said.

In a statement issued before the Iraqi government’s condemnation, the U.S. military said its troops had shot and killed a man suspected of being behind supplying weapons to the Shi’ite fighters. One woman was killed in the crossfire and six suspected militants were arrested, it said…

It’s great to see that Iraq is still in there pushing for the ‘most miserable ingrate country in the history of the world’ award.

Under the U.S.-Iraqi security pact that came into force this year, the 137,000 U.S. troops in Iraq are no longer allowed to conduct military operations without Iraqi approval and coordination.

Funny how we have never heard this detail of the ‘security pact’ before.

And funnier still that the article goes on to mention that two Iraqi military commanders authorized the raid.

So where is the violation again?

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, April 26th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “Iraq Claims US Raid Violated Security Pact”

  1. Weasel says:

    The story is from Reuters, so why believe any of it?

  2. DEZ says:

    Pathetic ingrates.

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    Better watch out….Iran might get mad and jail another leftist reporter of ours!!

  4. Howard Roark says:

    It’s great to see that Iraq is still in there pushing for the ‘most miserable ingrate country in the history of the world’ award.

    Right on, SG.

    I say f*** these people. They are like children who scream to the sympathetic parent who is always softer. As of Jan 20, 2009, we have seen the end of an Iraqi war that was led with testosterone, and now the beginning of an Iraqi war that is led by limp-wristed, weak, Barry. And these retarded Iraqi’s in the streets know it, too.

  5. proreason says:

    I’m betting OLenin sacrifices a few Americans to keep the peace.

  6. AbingtonJim says:

    Have no fear, Øbama will apologize and then turn over several American troops for prosecution.

    • texaspsue says:

      This is my biggest fear. Maybe we should bring the Troops home before they turn into political pawns. I’m just saying…… IRAQ CAN STRUT THEIR INDEPENDENCE IN ANOTHER MANNER BUT, NOT AT THE EXPENSE OF OUR HEROIC. DEDICATED MILTARY!

      This is the ultimate insult!

      God bless the Troops! :-)

  7. canary says:

    It’s all about money. They lie so often, because we pay Pakistan, Afganistan, and Iraq, 1 mil for each civilian accidently killed. There certainly isn’t a ruckas when a woman or youth blows up 70 of their own. We should get oil in return.

  8. Confucius says:

    “Iraq viewed a U.S. military raid that killed two people as a crime that violated a bilateral security pact and demanded on Sunday that U.S. forces hand those responsible to the courts, an Iraqi official said.”

    Sure. You can have Barry and Hillary. Waterboard them if you want.


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