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Old 08-01-2007, 11:11 AM   #1
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Sunnis quit "Iraqi" "government"

[q]Sunni bloc quits Iraq govt

By Mariam Karouny and Paul Tait

The main Sunni Arab political bloc quit the Iraqi government on Wednesday in a blow to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's shaky coalition as suicide bombers killed more than 70 people in three attacks across Baghdad.

The resignation move pushed the government into a new crisis undermining its efforts to reconcile Iraqis and end sectarian strife.

Fifty of Wednesday's dead were killed when a suicide bomber in a fuel truck packed with explosives targeted motorists at a petrol station.

The Sunni Accordance Front left Maliki's Shi'ite-led coalition over his failure to meet a list of about a dozen demands, including a greater say in security matters.

"The government was still ... closing the door on reforms which are needed to save Iraq," Accordance Front spokesman Rafei Issawi told a news conference, adding the government should have met its demands or "at least admit its failure."

Issawi said Deputy Prime Minister Salam al-Zobaie and five ministers would resign on Wednesday.

The Sunni Front's 44 members will remain in the 275-seat parliament. Its withdrawal will have little practical effect on the 15-month-old government, which is virtually paralyzed by infighting but needs only a simple majority to keep functioning.

Maliki's government has already been weakened by the withdrawal of fiery Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's political bloc, one of the biggest in parliament, over his refusal to set a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops.

The coalition is under pressure from the United States to end sectarian strife between Shi'ites and Sunni Arabs, which has killed tens of thousands. Washington is unhappy at the slow political progress in reconciling the warring sects.[/q]





i mean, really, what's the point?
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let the Sunnis pull out

I keep hearing there is some,
"new group" in Iraq

perhaps they can take their place?
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Old 08-02-2007, 12:10 AM   #3
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It doesn't matter--the Surge is working just fine! As long as we get the oil deal we want from the Parliament, all is well!
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It doesn't matter--the Surge is working just fine! As long as we get the oil deal we want from the Parliament, all is well!
Clearly, these "terrorists" lack imagination...ought to go after those oilfields...
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It doesn't matter--the Surge is working just fine! As long as we get the oil deal we want from the Parliament, all is well!
Yeah.
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Iran says ready to fill vacuum in Iraq left by U.S.

By Edmund Blair 30 minutes ago

Iran is ready to fill a vacuum in Iraq caused by the collapsing power of the United States, its president said on Tuesday.

"The political power of the occupiers (of Iraq) is being destroyed rapidly and very soon we will be witnessing a great power vacuum in the region," Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said.

"We, with the help of regional friends and the Iraqi nation, are ready to fill this void." Saudi Arabia was one of the countries Iran was ready to work with, he said.

The Malaki government might just take this route.
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I would encourage Ahmadinejad and his entourage to try and fill this void.
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Old 08-28-2007, 03:36 PM   #8
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Iran already has Iraq.

Once Rummy and Cheney and Co went in and took Saddam down and disbanded the Iraqi Army, it was all over.

The Shia have the numbers, they have control, and they are with the Iranian Shia people.

Chilabi, Cheney's hand picked leader for Iraq was a Iranian sympathizer all along.

So they abandoned him, now we have Malaki and the Shia cozying up with Iran.

How many more Billions of dollars will we spend setting this place up for them?

How many more Americans are going to die so Bush can kick this down the road and dump this disaster on the next administration?
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