Ian Bach

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Iraq warns against early U.S. pullout

By NAHAL TOOSI, Associated Press Writer Fri Jul 20, 8:55 PM ET

UNITED NATIONS – Iraq’s deputy prime minister on Friday defended his government’s progress in establishing security and ending political infighting, and warned that an early U.S. troop pullout would be disastrous for his country.

Barham Salih told a U.N. forum that the time had come to “define more clearly” the status of U.S.-led troops in Iraq, though he emphasized that Iraqi forces needed more time to take over security on their own.

Salih spoke during a U.N. discussion about the International Compact with Iraq — an ambitious plan to achieve a stable, united and democratic Iraq by 2012.

Many U.S. lawmakers, and at times, the Bush administration, have complained that Iraqi officials have been slow to meet key benchmarks, including assuming greater security responsibilities and an equitable division of the country’s oil wealth. The complaints have fueled U.S. calls for a pullout of American troops.

Salih, speaking by video link, warned that an early withdrawal of U.S.-led forces “would cause a disaster for Iraq and the region.” He said the way forward for his country was to develop the strength of the Iraqi forces to ensure they are self-reliant.

“But we need time and space,” he said. “We need sustained support from the international community.”

Last week, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki told reporters Iraqi forces were ready for foreign troops to leave “any time they want” — comments that likely reflected Iraqi frustration over U.S. criticism of his government.

Al-Maliki later sought to soften his remarks, saying Iraq’s security force was on the road to taking over from U.S. troops but was not there yet.

Outlining the progress already made, Salih noted that a bloc of politicians loyal to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr recently ended its boycott of the government, as did the Iraqi Accordance Front, a 44-member group of Sunni politicians. Communication channels are also being opened with former insurgents as part of the reconciliation process, and progress is being made in investment law and anti-corruption efforts, he said.

But “it will take months and years before specific tangible results are seen on the ground by the Iraqi people and the international community,” he said.

The Iraq compact, launched in May in Egypt, outlines international aid for Iraq, including debt relief, but also sets tough commitments for the government, particularly measures aimed at granting Iraq’s Sunni Arab minority a greater role in the political process.

U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro urged donor nations to step up their pledges and aid.

“Iraq is in a difficult transition,” Migiro said. “It is at this critical juncture that the government needs the support of the international community so that it can face the daunting challenges ahead.”

At the launch of the compact, Saudi Arabia said it was still negotiating with Iraq over writing off Iraqi debt, and major creditors Kuwait and Russia failed to offer immediate debt relief — a disappointment to some Iraqis.

The U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Zalmay Khalilzad, meanwhile, said Washington would support enhancing the U.N. role in Iraq.

Khalilzad, who previously served as U.S. ambassador to Iraq, wrote in an opinion piece in Friday’s The New York Times, that the U.N. has “certain comparative advantages for undertaking complex internal and regional mediation efforts.”

“In the role of mediator, it has inherent legitimacy and the flexibility to talk to all parties, including elements outside the political process,” Khalilzad wrote.

The U.N. has an office and a special representative in Iraq but it cut back severely on its presence there after the Aug. 19, 2003 truck bombing at its headquarters in eastern Baghdad that killed at least 22 people, including the top U.N. official Sergio Vieira de Mello.

U.S. deputy ambassador Jackie Sanders said the United States would continue its financial support for Iraq’s economic reconstruction and development. But she also stressed that Iraqi officials must also work to adopt laws reforming the energy sector.

“Getting the revenue sharing formula right is especially important as a matter of national policy, to reinforce for all Iraqis a sense of national unity and purpose,” Sanders said.


About Ian Bach

Independent Online Terrorist Hunter I teach people how to hunt down and shut down the Bad guys web sites. I also teach about the various countries and cultures. Like most cases it is a small group of bsd eggs that in this case call themselves Muslims but in actual fact they are more like how KKK call themselves ",True Christisians". But in both cases / groups they preach a perverted and twisted view a religion. In the case of ISIS, all Qaeda, al Nusra, and the rest of the terrorists who claim to be true Muslims most of these groups follow the Wahhabi teachings. They are almost all Sunni and their goal is global domination. Yet they must be very bad at math and history. Since most Muslims prefer a separation of church and state and also mist are against Shari's Law. Esp the twisted and overly exaggerated form of Sharia Law that the Wahhabi and other bad guys use. I have studied terrorism, insurgencies, and the best tried and proven methods that work to fight terrorism. My Blogs have many links and articles that can show you who are the best and most knowledgeable people in the fields or counterinsurgency and counter terrorism. When I find great practitioner's I always listen to them to find out who they learned from and who they respect and admire. Thus I am always learning new stuff from the best and most successful in their fields of knoeledge. I strive to be an open and ethical source of information, I have met many awesome, kind, caring, and loving wonderful people many who I am close friends with now from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Iran, and many from S.E. Asia which also has a high percent of their populations that are Muslim.We must always strive to be aware people are not any one particular religion via that's what they chose to be, instead most people are a particular religion because that's what their parents and/or county is. I was raised Catholic but because I became Interested in magic ,(illusion - smoke n mirrors) and science which lead me to study many religions, and I would call myself an atheist. Yet sometimes when I lose my keys ZI find myself praying "Hail Marys" and a few "Our Fathers" which most always aides me in finding my keys. My belief is that if I just frantically look around for my krys, good luck it takes me for ever. But by saying these prayers it is like s sort of meditation and my mind becomes more calm, which is why it helps my find my keys.

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