Security Issues Relating to Iraq, Hearing Before the Committee on Armed Services, United States Senate, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, November 15, 2011 [open pdf - 388KB]
From the opening statement of Carl Levin: "Today the committee receives testimony from two panels of witnesses on security issues relating to Iraq, including the withdrawal of U.S. troops and the long-term U.S.-Iraq relationship. […] Last month, the President announced that all U.S. military forces would be coming home from Iraq by the end of this December as required under the 2008 U.S.-Iraq Security Agreement which had been agreed to by President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Maliki. […] U.S. Forces Iraq under General Lloyd Austin is on track to meet the December legal deadline for the withdrawal of the remaining U.S. military forces and equipment. As of today, there are around 30,000 U.S. military personnel in Iraq, down from a peak of 160,000 during the surge in 2007. […] We arrive at this point after 81⁄2 years of conflict and great sacrifice by our service men and women, their families, and the American people. […] The administration had sought to reach an agreement with the Iraqi Government for military trainers to remain in Iraq after December 31. However, those negotiations reached an impasse on the issue of legal immunity for our troops, that is, protections from prosecution in Iraqi courts. Once it became clear that the Government of Iraq was not prepared to grant our service men and women the same legal protections that they had had under the 2008 Security Agreement and the same legal protections that the U.S. military has under agreements with other countries in the region, President Obama decided that all U.S. military forces would be withdrawn as provided for under the 2008 agreement. […] It is time to complete the transition of responsibility for Iraq's security now to the Iraq Government." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Carl Levin; Leon E. Panetta; Martin E. Dempsey; Douglas A. Ollivant; and Kenneth M. Pollack.
S. Hrg. 112-459; Senate Hearing 112-459
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