Measuring Stability and Security in Iraq
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE WASHINGTON DC
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The United States seeks an Iraq that is sovereign, stable, and self-reliant with a just, representative, and accountable government a state that is neither a safe haven for, nor sponsor of, terrorism an Iraq that is integrated into the global economy and a long-term U.S. partner contributing to regional peace and security. The United States is pursuing this goal along political, security, economic, diplomatic, and rule of law lines of operation. This report describes progress along these lines from June through August 2009 and also addresses remaining challenges in achieving these objectives. 2 The ongoing implementation of the Security Agreement SA and Strategic Framework Agreement SFA lays the foundation for a long-term bilateral relationship between the United States and Iraq based on mutual interests. Under the SFA, the U.S.-Iraqi relationship continues to improve with respect to economic, diplomatic, cultural, and security ties, with the SFA serving as the foundation for a long-term cooperative relationship between the two nations. In conjunction with the SA, U.S. and Iraqi officials are working within a framework of joint engagement to enhance stability, promote sustainable economic growth and the efficient distribution of essential services, improve governmental transparency, and advance regional relationships. Yet, while the majority of Iraqi political leaders recognize the value in a long-term strategic relationship with the United States as articulated in the SFA, much work remains. This work continues under the SA that governs the presence of U.S. forces in Iraq. The SA provides an appropriate level of protection to U.S. forces, while ensuring their freedom to operate and the authority to sustain positive security trends in Iraq.
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