Here is an enlightening article about negotiations for a follow on US-Iraq SOFA and interview with Iraq’sa Ambassador to the US. On the issue of imminity the US wants the SOFA approved by the Iraqi Council of Representatives to ensure valid immunity for US troops. Such approval the article notes would bew difficult in the currently factitious Iraqi government. The article notes that, “Another option is just to sign a Memorandum of Understanding to extend the U.S. troop presence in Iraq, but the U.S. government has said that wouldn’t assure them any agreement on immunity for U.S. troops would be legally valid. [Iraqi Ambassador] Sumaida’ie said some are even tossing around the idea of granting every remaining U.S. solder diplomatic status through the U.S. embassy, which would grant them diplomatic immunity.”

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