PressTV's Middle East Today takes another look at the developments related to the fractious negotiations to establish a Status of Forces Agreement in Iraq.
The clock is ticking on a proposed Status of Forces Agreement between the
Earlier this year, both sides appeared optimistic that a deal would be signed at the end of July. But as details of the agreement began to leak out – opposition to the deal exploded onto the streets of
In its original form,
Despite opposition to the SOFA deal, and obvious provisions that have had to be amended or dropped altogether, it is still on the table.
Officials have become a little more cautious in recent weeks about releasing too many details about what is exactly contained in the deal currently under negotiation. The media – including programs like Middle East Today – can be a real nuisance to policy makers trying to push through a policy that is unpopular with the people it will affect the most.
But however watered down the SOFA deal may become, there is growing opposition to any deal at all. There are plenty Iraqis who simply want the occupations forces and their civilian security companies such as the notorious Blackwater Group out of the country.
And for them, sooner would be far more preferable to later.
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Maher Othman, Journalist (Al Hayat) and Media Consultant
Conn Halliman, columnist of Foreign Policy in Focus
Fmr Congressman Paul Findlay
Kamil Mahdi, Senior Lecturer, Middle East Economics, Exeter University
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