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Iraq for Sale

The U.S. wants a relatively loose agreement that allows us to keep troops in Iraq. But the prime minister is under intense political pressure to take a hard line against the Americans, even as his government engages in the back-and-forth … Continue reading

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Will the Iraqi's Allow Us to Stay?

President Bush is very confident he’s going to get the deal to keep our troops in Iraq for a long time. We’ll have 50 bases in Iraq and complete freedom to do what we want.  “If I were a betting … Continue reading

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Will the Iraqi's Allow Us to Stay?

President Bush is very confident he’s going to get the deal to keep our troops in Iraq for a long time. We’ll have 50 bases in Iraq and complete freedom to do what we want.  “If I were a betting … Continue reading

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Iraqi Pushback on U.S. Bases

Maybe the Iraqis don’t want a permanent American presence after all. Top Iraqi officials are calling for a radical reduction of the U.S. military’s role here after the U.N. mandate authorizing its presence expires at the end of this year. … Continue reading

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Blackmailing Malaki

The follow -up to the Intependant article about the Iraq Status of Forces is even more interesting.  Turns out Bush wants to make sure the Iraqis sign the agreement. The US is holding hostage some $50bn (£25bn) of Iraq’s money … Continue reading

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