Iraq MP: No Decision by Govt on Keeping US Troops

Says Only Sadrist Trend Demanded Withdrawal

According to Iraqi MP Unadim Kanna, the head and sole MP from the independent Assyrian Christian Rafidain Bloc, the Iraqi government has yet to make a decision on the US demands to keep troops in the nation beyond December.

The US has repeatedly demanded that the Iraqi government allow them to break the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) condition requiring them to leave by December. The Maliki government previously ruled this out, but is now taking a more open stance on it.

According to Kanna, only the Sadrist Trend took a specific position on the issue so far, demanding, as expected, that the US abide by the SOFA and leave on schedule. The only other agreement came between State of Law and Iraqiya, who agreed to stop condemning one another in the media.

But while the Sadrist Trend is the only sure bet on the US occupation, they may well be enough. The group dominates the Iraqi National Alliance, a key portion of the coalition government, and its leader Moqtada al-Sadr also commands the loyalty of massive numbers of people, making his position extremely dangerous to contest.

Author: Jason Ditz

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