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Dec 4, 2014 10:45 AM

US Ambassador to Iraq: US forces assured immunity

The Associated Press

BAGHDAD (AP) America's new Ambassador to Iraq says his government has come to an agreement with Baghdad on "privileges and immunities" for U.S. troops based in the country.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Stuart Jones says Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, has given "the assurances that we need" that U.S. troops will receive immunity.

President Barack Obama last month authorized the deployment of up to 1,500 more American troops to bolster Iraqi forces, bringing the total to 3,100.

Under former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, immunity was a major sticking point between Washington and Baghdad, ultimately leading to the decision to withdraw all remaining U.S. troops in late 2011.

"That was a different situation and those troops would have had a different role," Jones said.


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