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US, Iraq Agree on Legal Protection of Military Advisers

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. State Department said on Monday that the Iraqi government has made "acceptable assurances" regarding the protection of the U.S. advisers going to help the Iraqi military deal with the ongoing crisis.

The U.S. and Iraq exchanged a diplomatic note in which Iraq committed to legal protections for the American advisers. "We believe these protections are adequate to the short-term assessment and advisory mission that our troops will be performing there," State Department spokesperson Marie Harf said on Monday.

According to the agreement, U.S. advisers would be subject to the military's legal system. Harf noted that the situation in Iraq in 2014 is "different in character and kind than it was in 2011," when asked whether similar protections were available in 2011.

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