Iraq

end of the so-called coalition of the willing in Iraq?

Chelsea J. Carter BAGHDAD THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

The war in Iraq was truly an American-only effort Saturday after Britain and Australia, the last of its international partners, pulled out.

Little attention was paid in Iraq to what effectively ended the so-called coalition of the willing, with the U.S. — as the leader of Multi-National Force, Iraq — letting the withdrawals pass without any public demonstration.

The quiet end of the coalition was a departure from its creation, which saw then-U.S. President George W. Bush court countries for support before and after the March 2003 invasion.

“We're grateful to those partners who contributed in the past and we look forward to working with them in the future,” military spokesman Army Lieutenant-Colonel Mark Ballesteros told The Associated Press in an e-mail.

Troop Movements Are not a 'Withdrawal'

By Dennis Kucinich

July 01, 2009

Public Meeting Ban Depleted Uranium Weapons

25/06/2009 - 20:00

Speakers:

Dr Jawad Al-Ali

from Basra

Doug Weir

Coordinator, Manchester-based Campaign Against Depleted Uranium

Denis Halliday

former UN Assistant Secretary General

Chair: Barbara Raftery

 Thursday 25th June 2009,

US legal basis to remain in Iraq

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Draft deal gives US legal basis to remain in Iraq

IRAQ: BAGHDAD - US and Iraqi negotiators completed a draft deal yesterday to give US troops a legal basis to stay in Iraq after 2008, without setting out a timetable for their withdrawal, Iraq's top negotiator said.

The White House denied that the long-awaited deal - which will replace a UN Security Council resolution that now provides the basis for the US presence - had been finalised.

"The delegations finished the draft which now goes to the political leaders for discussions," chief Iraqi negotiator Mohammed al-Haj Hamoud said. Iraq's political leadership must approve it and submit it to parliament.

He said the draft did not spell out a timetable for withdrawal and also left unresolved the question of whether US troops would be subject to Iraqi law. - ( Reuters )

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