Practice Relating to Rule 4. Definition of Armed Forces
The Law of Administration for the State of Iraq for the Transitional Period (2004) states:
This Law is now established to govern the affairs of Iraq during the transitional period until a duly elected government, operating under a permanent and legitimate constitution achieving full democracy, shall come into being.
CHAPTER ONE – FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES
(A) The term “transitional period” shall refer to the period beginning on 30 June 2004 and lasting until the formation of an elected Iraqi government pursuant to a permanent constitution as set forth in this Law, which in any case shall be no later than 31 December 2005, unless the provisions of Article 61 are applied.
CHAPTER THREE – THE IRAQI TRANSITIONAL GOVERNMENT
(A) The Iraqi Armed Forces shall consist of the active and reserve units, and elements thereof. The purpose of these forces is the defense of Iraq.
(B) Armed forces and militias not under the command structure of the Iraqi Transitional Government are prohibited, except as provided by federal law.