Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Iraqis To Take Charge Of Green Zone In 2009

A private security company's armored vehicle rolls through Tahrir square in central Baghdad on Dec. 13. Iraq will have more jurisdiction over security contractors next year. By Hadi Mizban, AP

From USA Today:

BAGHDAD — When the calendar flips to 2009 on Thursday, Iraq's government will gain control over the Green Zone and its own airspace and some jurisdiction over security contractors under the terms of a deal that will fundamentally change how the United States operates here.

The changes, outlined in a landmark security agreement the Bush administration signed in November, are part of the broadest transfer of responsibilities to Iraqi hands since 2004, when the government regained sovereignty from the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA).

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