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State Department: U.S. Not ‘Overly Concerned’ About Iraq Detaining ‘A Handful of U.S. Contractors’, including possibly US citizens?

 
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State Department: U.S. Not ‘Overly Concerned’ About Iraq Detaining ‘A Handful of U.S. Contractors’, including possibly US citizens?
State Department: U.S. Not ‘Overly Concerned’ About Iraq Detaining ‘A Handful of U.S. Contractors’

(CNSNews.com) -- The United States is not “overly concerned” about the Iraqi government detaining a “handful of U.S. contractors” over visas and paperwork, State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters on Tuesday.

Back on Jan. 11, the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad issued an “emergency warning” for U.S. citizens in Iraq, informing them “not [to] attempt movements about the country in the absence of valid, current permits and paperwork.”

On Sunday, Jan. 15, the International Stability Operations Association (ISOA), an organization that represents contractors in Iraq, sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton asking her to intervene regarding the Iraqi government’s detention of foreign contractors, the Financial Times reported.

At Tuesday’s briefing, in response to a question about the contractors, Toner said: “Our understanding is there’s been a handful of U.S. contractors that have been involved in this. Apparently, what’s going on here – and obviously, this is a situation that we’re watching closely – but this appears to be nothing more than Iraqi officials who are certainly operating out of an abundance of caution given the recent spate of violence in Baghdad and surroundings in carrying out their duties.”


“Obviously, the old U.S.-Iraqi security agreement expired on December 31st so there’s been a number of adjustments in visa accreditation and vehicle registration, weapons permitting, as well as other procedures,” said Toner. “So all this is coming into play. But all these people have been released after – or let go or allowed to continue after being detained. So we’re not overly concerned right now. We think this is, again, added bureaucracy coupled with, as I said, an abundance of caution.”

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The spokesman could not specifically say whether the “handful of U.S. contractors” who have been detained include U.S. citizens or individuals from other countries working for U.S. government contractors.

“Whether we’re talking about American citizens,” said Toner, “my understanding, it’s been a handful, but a handful of who I’m not sure.”

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I don't see the problem... foreigners get arrested anywhere if their paperwork is not OK. In Europe, in the USA, in Iraq.
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I don't see the problem... foreigners get arrested anywhere if their paperwork is not OK. In Europe, in the USA, in Iraq.
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wrong!!! The military has left; the Iraquis are piussed over how we destroyed their country; killed 2 million of their people; left the country/its infrastructures in shambles, annd left the political structure in tatters, ie. perpetual civil war between Sunnis and Shi ites. If you think this is an ordinary situation of detention, think again: go back and see how everyone was scrambling to get out before Dec 31 - of course the military had its own priorities, to get US military personell out first and foremost, and let the contractors fend for themselves. I have a friend in Afghanistan, and i'm nervous the same thing's going to take place there; sure hope he gets out while the goins' good .. . .
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I don't see the problem... foreigners get arrested anywhere if their paperwork is not OK. In Europe, in the USA, in Iraq.
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wrong!!! The military has left; the Iraquis are piussed over how we destroyed their country; killed 2 million of their people; left the country/its infrastructures in shambles, annd left the political structure in tatters, ie. perpetual civil war between Sunnis and Shi ites. If you think this is an ordinary situation of detention, think again: go back and see how everyone was scrambling to get out before Dec 31 - of course the military had its own priorities, to get US military personell out first and foremost, and let the contractors fend for themselves. I have a friend in Afghanistan, and i'm nervous the same thing's going to take place there; sure hope he gets out while the goins' good .. . .
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If nothing else, I imagine a contractor would be more hesitant to go in the future if there will be issues.





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