The US is preparing to send a few hundred troops to Iraq to aid the army in rolling back the al Qaeda tide there, but that status of forces agreement thing that forced us to withdraw a few years back still hasn’t been written. The Pentagon says that it expects that to be rectified soon, acording to Stars & Stripes;
[Pentagon press secretary, Navy Rear Adm. John] Kirby said the U.S. does not need a Status of Forces Agreement of the type it tried to negotiate with Iraq in 2011. He was not specific about the type of written agreement being sought in this case but said he had no doubt it will be obtained.
“I’m confident that the legal protections that are needed will be in place,” he said.
The point of having such legal protections is to ensure that U.S. troops would be subject to the U.S. military justice system if needed and not to the Iraqi judicial system.
Meanwhile, according to Fox News, a Shi’ite cleric, loyal to that little butterball Muqtada al-Sadr, used his Friday prayer session to threaten US troops;
A high-level Shiite cleric in Iraq issued a warning to American military advisers bound for Iraq Friday, hours before Sunni militants captured a crossing on Iraq’s border with Syria and Shiite militia members paraded in Baghdad and other cities.
Sky News reports that Nassir al-Saedi, a cleric loyal to the firebrand Muqtada al-Sadr, referred to America as “the occupier” in a sermon during Friday prayers and added “We will be ready for you if you are back.”
Then we won’t send them, and you can deal with the consequences of that, fella. How’s that? Ingrate.
Oh, by the way, ROS sends us a link from Military.com which reports that the folks who are going to Iraq will do so sans “danger pay”;
“This is not a combat mission, they are not being sent to participate in combat,” said Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, of the 300 Special Forces troops ordered to Iraq by President Obama on Thursday.
Consequently, the troops would not be eligible for “imminent danger pay” of $7.50 daily up to $225 per month for service members in areas where they could be at grave risk, Kirby said.
Kirby said danger pay ended for U.S. troops with the withdrawal of forces at the end of 2011, and Iraq currently was no longer considered a combat zone in terms of pay and benefits for U.S. troops.
But, thank you for your service.
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