Iraq’s prime minister is threatening the country’s first prosecution of US troops after two Iraqis were killed yesterday morning in a US raid, the Washington Post reports. Nouri al-Maliki said the raid violated a security agreement that bans unilateral American action; the US says Iraq’s military had approved the move. The case stands to raise US-Iraqi tensions amid a surge in militant attacks.
Iraq’s government said it was holding two Iraqi military officials who’d approved the raid without getting their commanders’ go-ahead. In the incident, American troops in the early morning searched the residence of an Iraqi captain, who was not home. His wife screamed and two relatives, one armed, approached the Americans, who opened fire and hit both.