Thursday, October 6, 2011

U.S., Iraq at Odds Over Immunity for U.S. Troops

BRUSSELS - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Oct. 6 that any U.S. forces that remain in Iraq beyond a year-end deadline would require legal "immunity," despite calls from Iraqi leaders to end the protection.
Asked about a statement from leaders of Iraq's main political parties, Panetta said that "any kind of U.S. presence demands that we protect and provide the appropriate immunity for our soldiers" if there is a post-2011 U.S. mission.

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