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The Pentagon says Iraq has agreed to grant legal protection for the U.S. military advisors headed there to assess the state of Iraq's military and the threat from ISIL. That means they will be granted immunity from prosecution for any crimes they commit or legal trouble they might find themselves in during their deployment. Now that the agreement has been made, the first advisory teams will be established.
Maybe the United States was never really finished in Iraq. Regardless, events of the past two weeks have returned that nation to a front and center position for Congress and the administration. Paul Bremer was U.S. Presidential envoy to Iraq in 2003 and 2004. A career diplomat, he was thrust into the spotlight as temporary head of the Iraqi government after the fall of Saddam Hussein. Most of the questions this week have been about military options now that the government is under threat. Bremer joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how this situation affects the State Department both here and in Baghdad.
The Pentagon is preparing a range of options for President Obama, which include air strikes. They are designed to help Iraq deal with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL. ISIL, which is outnumbered 100-1 by Iraqi forces, have marched unimpeded to Baghdad's doorstep. Obama described them as "vicious" and a "terrorist organization" that could eventually pose a threat to Americans.
It was September 16, 2007. A Blackwater personal security detail was clearing the way for a convoy of State Department diplomats. The shootings supposedly started after the driver of a car kept driving toward the convoy ignoring orders to stop. When the shooting was over, 14 Iraqis were dead and 18 were wounded. A trial is underway in Washington for Blackwater security guards involved in the shooting.
After long delays, four former guards from the security firm Blackwater Worldwide are going to trial for the killings of 14 Iraqi civilians and the wounding of 18 others that fueled anti-American sentiment around the world. Associated Press reporter Pete Yost writes, "whether the shootings were self-defense or an unprovoked attack, the carnage of Sept. 16, 2007, was seen by critics of the George W. Bush administration as an illustration of a war gone horribly wrong."
In his final report to Congress, Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart Bowen's conclusion was all too clear: Since the invasion a decade ago this month, the U.S. has spent too much money in Iraq for too few results.
Engility Holdings Inc. of Chantilly, whose subsidiary was accused in a lawsuit of conspiring to torture detainees at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison, has paid $5.28 million to former prisoners held there and at other U.S.-run detention sites in Iraq during the war.
A U.S. Army major has pleaded guilty to accepting thousands of dollars in gratuities from contractors while in Iraq.
The U.S. government has filed a civil lawsuit accusing a Houston-based global construction company and its Kuwaiti subcontractor of submitting nearly $50 million in inflated claims to install live-in trailers for troops during the Iraq War.