Status Of Forces Agreement Iran Moreover, from a historical point of view, the fact that the United States ignored the wishes of a host country or acted unilaterally has generally led to setbacks. The Eisenhower government sent troops to Incirlik, assuming turkey would like to serve as an intermediate point for the 1958 intervention in Lebanon. However, this approach has proven counterproductive in the long run. While Ankara did not limit U.S. access during the operation, it then limited U.S. basic rights. Most U.S. overseas bases after World War II were acquired through voluntary agreements with other nations. While these agreements varied widely in form, content, and scope, the host country legally accepted the presence of U.S. troops on its soil, usually against security or compensation.

In the 1940s and 1950s, the basic agreements mainly favored the United States and granted it extensive rights and great freedom of action. Over time, host countries have renegotiated the terms of these agreements, often limiting the size of the U.S. presence, the nature of authorized armed forces, and U.S. jurisdiction over facilities and personnel. In early 2019, a coalition of pro-Iranian Iraqi groups attempted to dislodge U.S. forces after a series of perceived U.S. transgressions. In December 2018, an unannounced visit by President Trump to the al-Asad airbase was interpreted by some Iraqis as another sign of dis respect for Iraqi sovereignty. Then, in February, Mr. Trump said U.S.

forces would remain in Iraq to “observe Iran.” It was unpopular and it did not correspond to the declared policy of the Iraqi government. In October 2019, Iraqi officials contradicted a unilateral U.S. announcement that U.S. forces withdrawing from Syria would remain in Iraq. There are remarkable similarities between Thai politics during the Mayaguez incident and Iraqi politics today. Both countries were immature democracies with polarized societies that elected a new government. In this context, policymakers often rely on anti-base sentiment to gain public support. But this dynamic can spiral out of control and force them to follow threats to kidnap foreign forces, even if they don`t really want them. U.S.

troops returned to Iraq in 2014 at the invitation of the Iraqi government to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) just three years after the U.S.