- The Washington Times - Monday, November 17, 2008

A leading House Democrat who oversees the U.S. military says he’s “deeply troubled” by a pending status of forces agreement with Iraq because it could result in American troops being prosecuted in Iraqi courts.

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton said it was a mistake for the Bush administration to give in to Iraqi demands that it have jurisdiction over U.S. troops possibly facing criminal charges.

“I do not believe it was wise to push off major decisions about the legal protections U.S. troops would have in such cases or the crimes for which they could be charged,” said Rep. Ike Skelton, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.

The U.S. and Iraq on Monday signed an agreement that would require American troops to exit Iraqi cities by June 30 2009 and to leave the country by the end of 2011. The agreement still must be approved by Iraqi parliament.

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