By Colin Foster
Although Iraq's new prime ministed, Iyad Allawi, was essentially appointed by the USA, his government now owes its authority to a UN Security Council Resolution passed on 8 June after long negotiations between the big powers. That gives it much more potential for autonomy than if its status depended exclusively on the USA's say-so.
Any movement from potential to actuality is unlikely to be simple.
The Iraqi government's control over the US troops will be limited to a requirement of "partnership" and consultation.