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Going to Iraq? Bring your lawyer.

Iraqis hope to sue U.S. troops under new accord

BAGHDAD – The families of three men who were killed last week during a search of a grain warehouse want to press charges against American soldiers under the terms of a new security agreement between the U.S. and Iraq.

The security document protects American soldiers so long as they’re on U.S. bases or on missions, so it’s unlikely that the families can base their claims on it, though they plan to press their case with the help of international lawyers.

Nonetheless, their charges are a preview of some of the nettlesome questions that are likely to arise as the U.S. yields more authority to Iraq under the terms of the pact, which takes effect Jan. 1.

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Now, if this was 1968, not 2008, I’d say bs to suing our troops- but every single one of our guys over there is there by choice- pay the cost, fellas. Maybe if kids find out you’ll face charges for playing army with real people, they’ll skip enlisting.

Maybe.


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