Addict (drugaddict) wrote,

Secret US Plan for Military Future in Iraq

Secret US Plan for Military Future in Iraq
    By Seumas Milne
    The Guardian UK

    Tuesday 08 April 2008

Document outlines powers but sets no time limit on troop presence.

    A confidential draft agreement covering the future of US forces in Iraq, passed to the Guardian, shows that provision is being made for an open-ended military presence in the country.

    The draft strategic framework agreement between the US and Iraqi governments, dated March 7 and marked "secret" and "sensitive", is intended to replace the existing UN mandate and authorises the US to "conduct military operations in Iraq and to detain individuals when necessary for imperative reasons of security" without time limit.

The surfacing of this allegedly secret document by The Guardian (of the UK)  should muddy the waters in Washington in conjunction with the testimony of General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker before Congress.  Whether it will or not remains to be seen.
Regards,  John
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