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Backstory: Iraq After the U.S. Departure

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Earlier this week Iraq was rocked by a series of coordinated attacks, which killed at least 115 people across the county. The associated press called the attacks the worst the country has seen in two years. Sebastian Walker, a correspondent for Fault Lines, on Al Jazeera English, looks at the situation in Iraq since the United States withdrawal.

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prudencedogood from NYC

It's interesting to hear the Al Jazerra guy go on and on about how everything in Iraq that is a problem in 2012 is somehow linked to American failure.

Everyone who bothered to read the papers when the U.S. was withdrawing from Iraq knows that the Obama administration offered the idiotic Maliki government time and time again a residual security force to help fight terrorism and strengthen Iraqi border security. And time and time again the Iraqis refused. The U.S. (Biden in particular) always argued for the need for a non-sectarian government with no success. Now we are seeing the return of Al-Q terrorism and dangers from Syrian blow back on Iraq's borders.

Needless to say, none of the actual U.S. attempt to aid Iraq post-force withdrawal is mentioned in the interview.

Now imagine how much the Al Jazeera reporter would be wining if the U.S. had any continued active security presence in Iraq.

In short, everything currently wrong in Iraq somehow remains America's fault. At least it is if you want to keep working for Al Jazeera.

Jul. 27 2012 12:01 PM

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