Status Of Forces Agreement Iraq 2008

Strategic Framework Agreement for a Relationship of Friendship and Cooperation between the United States of America and the Republic of Iraq, section III, 17 November 2008. For immediate publication spokesman`s office December 14, 2008 Sofa aims to define the legal status of the US military presence in Iraq. It regulates a number of issues between the two countries, including the length of stay and the nature of the activities of U.S. troops. It deals with the rights and obligations of U.S. forces operating in Iraq with respect to the criminal and civilian obligations of these forces. SOFA also discusses customs duties and taxes imposed on troops; currency exchange; carrying weapons; When and where American soldiers must wear their uniforms; entry and exit procedures for U.S. military, civilian, and other personnel; transfers of equipment to and from Iraq; the movement of U.S. military vehicles; and ownership of real estate used by U.S. troops. (Iraqis welcome Parliament`s approval of the Status of Armed Forces Agreement (SOFA) [in Arabic], AL SABAAH, 28 November 2008, available under www.alsabaah.com/paper.php?source=akbar&mlf=interpage&sid=73880 [via Firefox or IE 7.0 or higher]) U.S. contractors working for U.S. forces are subject to Iraqi criminal law, while contractors working for the State Department and other U.S.

authorities may retain their immunity. “The issue of immunity, the biggest issue we talk about, is addressed in the. Agreement,” said Alan Chvotkin, who works on behalf of contractors including Blackwater Worldwide based in Moyock, N.C. Chvotkin said he believes Blackwater`s guards still have immunity under L. Paul Bremer`s Executive Order 17. Blackwater currently has no license to work in Iraq. [58] The Withdrawal Agreement signed on 17 November 2008 is by reference part of the broader Strategic Agreement and, although titled differently, is generally referred to as SOFA. As mentioned above, there are no formal requirements regarding the content, details, or length of a SOFA, but many agreements have the same basic framework, and it`s no different. Rules and procedures relating to issues such as carrying weapons, wearing uniforms, entering and leaving Iraq, taxes, customs duties and duties, as well as other operational concerns are addressed in the agreement. . . .

 

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