'Obama follows Bush's covert bid in Iraq'
Investigative journalist Wayne Madsen
American soldiers are using Iraqi uniforms and vehicles as part of "a blatant switch tactic" adopted by the Obama administration, a senior political analyst says.
"The fact that Americans are found to be wearing Iraqi uniforms in Iraqi military vehicles looks like it's a complete, blatant switch tactic where it was announced with much fanfare that the US was ending its combat mission in Iraq, and now we find US troops still engaged in combat missions in Iraqi uniforms," investigative journalist Wayne Madsen said in an interview with Press TV.
He said the news was not surprising to him as it was "typical" of US President Barack Obama to follow some of the “same covert programs” seen during Bush's term in office.
Madsen said there is "absolutely no control" over private military contractors, citing the involvement of such firms in smuggling weapons into Iraq.
Iraq's Deputy Interior Minister Adnan al-Asadi said that a US-Iraqi agreement requires the American troops to stay on their bases and avoid moving around unless they are permitted by the Iraqi government and escorted by the Iraqi army.
However, reports from Iraq indicate that the American troops are moving around without being escorted by the Iraq's security forces, using Iraqi army uniforms and vehicles as a disguise.
The news comes after the US announced an end to its combat mission in Iraq at the end of August, seven years after it invaded the country.
Washington has, however, left behind some 50,000 troops, claiming that they are merely commissioned to offer training and advice to Iraqi security forces. A full withdrawal of American forces is supposed to take place by the end of 2011.