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US 'security accords' lay the groundwork for attack on Iran

by Simon Assaf
Issue No. 2105

More revelations have emerged about the details of the 'status of forces agreement' – the security accords the US is attempting to impose on Iraq (» Iraq: New US plan for total control, 7 June).

The accords have been met with widespread opposition in Iraq – with tens of thousands joining demonstrations on Friday of last week.

George Bush is demanding the right to decide whether Iraq is 'being attacked' by a foreign power, and how to respond. This is a direct threat against Iran and Syria.

Bush classifies Syria as a 'state sponsor of terror' that allows resistance fighters to cross over its border with Iraq.

The US accuses Iran of arming and training sections of the Shia Muslim resistance groups.

Under this latest proviso the US could use Iraq to launch an attack on Iran if US soldiers are targeted by 'Iranian made weapons'.

Socialist Worker and the Independent newspaper last week published details of the security accords.

The US is demanding 58 permanent military bases as well as hundreds of military installations. The accords will award foreigners immunity from Iraq's laws and give US troops the right to arrest or kill any Iraqi.

They give the US control over Iraq's airspace and the right to launch wars on 'third countries'.

The deal will also allow US companies to rip up any reconstruction contract signed with Iraqi companies.

The latest revelations have raised fears that the US is attempting to clear any hurdles to a war on Iran launched from Iraqi soil.

Iran has responded by issuing a stern warning to Iraq's prime minister Nuri al-Maliki. Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told Maliki, 'The dream of the Americans most certainly will never be realised,' and advised him against signing the accords.

Bush has informed the US Congress that neither it nor the Iraqi parliament will be given a chance to ratify the treaty.

Mass opposition to the accords has forced the Iraqi government to demand that all US troops should 'remain in their bases'.

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Tue 10 Jun 2008, 18:50 BST
Issue No. 2105
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