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Back in Iraq

August 10, 2014

Iraq is a mess. Unfortunately that line could have been described Iraq at any time since 1980.  Like Tito in Yugoslavia, Saddam was able to keep all the various factions in line, usually with brute force.  Remove Saddam from the mix and without proper planning and support, a mess could ensue.  And it did. After [...]

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Iraq Descends into Chaos

June 14, 2014

Iraq is descending into chaos as a terrorist militant group called ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria/Levant) has seized the second largest city in Iraq, Mosul, and have stampeded across Anbar province to within 50 miles of Baghdad. A number of factors are in play:  the fact that the US never renewed the SOFA [...]

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Obama Abandoning the Iraqis

October 5, 2009

Obama made a campaign promise about withdrawing from Iraq.  Now, the repercussions of this withdrawal are being seen.  Amy Proctor has a link and a story about how the U.S. military has withdrawn from Anbar province, as part of the withdrawal strategy put forth by Obama, and how the Iraqi’s in that region are feeling [...]

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Leaving Iraq by 2011

November 16, 2008

An agreement was reached in committee yesterday which spells out a timetable for US withdrawal from Iraq.  The draft will be voted on tomorrow in a special session of the Iraqi Parliament.  A new Status of Forces Agreement is necessary since our UN mandate to be in Iraq expires by the end of the year (some [...]

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