According to United Nations Security Council Resolution 1511, the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), the recognized occupying power in Iraq,  will dissolve on June 30, and an interim Iraqi government will begin to exercise Iraqi sovereignty.  The United States, however, has repeatedly stated that its troops will remain in Iraq after the handover, pursuant to an expected request by the Iraqi government. Given the questions surrounding the legitimacy of any Iraqi government, what would be the legal status of such a request?
Stimulated by allegations made in an Italian television documentary, a worldwide controversy has developed concerning the use of white phosphorus (WP) munitions by U.S. military forces during the assault on Fallujah, Iraq in November 2004. An important part of the controversy involves accusations that the use of WP munitions in Fallujah violated international law. This Insight examines the international legal aspects of the use of WP munitions by U.S. military forces in Iraq.