Washington Post: US plans to keep 11,000 total in Iraq; Biden to arrive soon

Posted: October 20, 2011 in Iraqi Dinar/Politics
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The Washington Post: U.S. plans to keep the 6 thousand for training and 5 of the embassy .. and Biden in Baghdad soon
2011-10-20 12:56:09

BAGHDAD (Iba) .. Quoted in The Washington Post U.S. source said Washington’s plan to stay in Iraq, including keeping the six thousands of an item under the name trainers, in addition to the use of five thousand a another security to protect the U.S. Embassy, ​​which is the largest in the world with the protection of consulates, in addition to the three centers for the training of Iraqi police and ten centers for the training of the armed forces .. At a time, political sources confirmed that U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden will visit Iraq to discuss the issue of granting immunity to the Americans, who trained Washington plans to keep them after the end of the year.

The source said that his administration is exercised pressure on Iraqi officials to grant immunity to its acceptance. He added that Washington was trying to enter the Regional Working as a pressure, noting that Iraqi officials have rejected any pressure, and stressed that an agreement has been among the leaders of political blocs on that was announced in the media, and can not be reversed. He said the U.S. Embassy will use more than four thousand civilians to provide services and medical care and will use more than three thousand contractor, will also have to have about 50 aircraft, civil and military helicopter.

The American source who asked not to be named, said he can make changes in the details of the plan in the event has been impounded by the Iraqis, but said the changes will not be significant.

Furthermore, political sources confirmed that U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden will visit Iraq to discuss the issue of granting immunity for the Americans who trained Washington plans to keep them after the end of the year.

As rejected the U.S. Embassy in Iraq to confirm or deny the report, considered the mass of the rule of law comes to visit a natural check to the U.S. withdrawal is being safe, and perhaps to discuss the immunity and other issues between Washington and Baghdad.

The sources declined to set a date for Biden’s visit for security reasons, but they are likely to be close. She explained that Biden wants to discuss with Iraqi leaders, the reasons for their refusal to grant immunity to trained Americans.

She stressed that Washington will Iraqi leaders a clear message that it will not keep any troops without immunity, because this issue will not even President Barack Obama waived because they need to modify the U.S. Constitution, indicating that U.S. law explicitly states not to comply with U.S. military personnel for non-American leadership and not to prosecute before any court, only the U.S. military courts.

And more likely to be a compromise between Baghdad and Washington, particularly the Framework Agreement, which expires in 2020 gives the U.S. the right to enter the thousands of diplomats, civilians and military trainers.

She noted that Biden will also meet Iraqi leader Iyad Allawi and President of Kurdistan region Masoud Barzani and the leader of the Supreme Council Ammar al-Hakim.

The U.S. embassy in Baghdad and the U.S. Army to confirm or deny Biden’s visit, but the leader of the Dawa Party and MP for the coalition of state law on the Keywords said he did not specify date of the visit so far, and the U.S. would not have information in Sddh.

The Keywords that Biden’s visit or any American official is normal and comes to check on the withdrawal of U.S. military safe, pointing out that Biden may discuss the issue of immunity for trained Americans, but this matter has been resolved by the Iraqis can not give immunity to any coach of an American more than the immunity granted to the coach Iraqi.

Did not rule out Keywords reached Baghdad and Washington to compromise.


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