The row between Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi has grown. Maliki issued a warrant for Hashemi’s arrest on terrorism charges, accusing him of operating pro-Sunni death squads. Hashemi denied the charges, and his supporters compared Maliki’s actions to that of Saddam Hussein. Maliki is now ordering a handover of Hashemi, who has fled to the Kurdistan region.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday December 21, 2011 7:15 pm|
|By: David Dayen Sunday October 16, 2011 7:10 am|
This is the right move for the wrong reason. The troops are coming home only because Iraq’s government would not give legal immunity to the remaining forces in the field.
|By: David Dayen Monday October 10, 2011 6:30 am|
This may be how the Iraq War ends, over the denial of a grant of immunity. I’d say private security contractors are far more likely to fill in than NATO forces, because all NATO countries save for the US have pulled out of Iraq, and member states would likely face a huge backlash if they put their imprimatur on a training mission there. A base confinement strategy, furthermore, would make these troops sitting ducks for a Beirut-style bombing, as the Sadrist forces still reject any presence of foreign troops on Iraqi soil after December. So I could see officials with the US defense companies selling Iraq billions in military equipment and fighter jets training the Iraqis before NATO. And possibly now, before the US military, given this development.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday September 28, 2011 4:00 pm|
In the latest twist to the will-they-or-won’t-they withdraw all American troops from Iraq after December, the Iraqi foreign minister said today that there would be some post-2011 training mission approved by the Iraqi government. That may or may not be consistent with the preferred troop levels the Obama Administration leaked publicly.
|By: Swopa Sunday August 7, 2011 7:08 pm|
Despite the obvious touchiness of extending the presence (however limited) of an occupying army whose invasion eight years ago devastated the country, it’s not surprising that Maliki is siding with the most pro-American elements in Iraq’s politics (Allawi and the Kurdish parties) to keep us around… and it’s for the same reason that his on-again, off-again ally Sadr is objecting.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday July 27, 2011 3:17 pm|
I think we’re reaching a semantic game with respect to the US military presence in Iraq. The political community just won’t ask for an extension of military troops. But the leadership appears to be falling back to allowing trainers to work with Iraqi security forces. That’s what Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari seemed to be saying today.
|By: David Dayen Monday October 25, 2010 7:45 am|
The US may not be so upset that Wikileaks released its Iraq war logs late last week. For one, the logs mainly implicate the previous Administration in various crimes and atrocities. More important to this White House, the revelations contained in the documents may make it impossible for Nouri al-Maliki to run the government.
|By: Swopa Monday October 11, 2010 8:31 am|
You’d think the American government would be happy that Iraq’s post-election political process — which has been a perpetual-immobility machine since last spring’s parliamentary elections — is finally starting to inch forward.
But you would be wrong.
|By: David Dayen Monday September 6, 2010 2:45 pm|
Despite the US “end” of combat operations in Iraq (hardly an end when troops are helping repel attacks), the biggest near-term problem is the lack of an actual government to resolve the election from March of this year.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday August 17, 2010 6:45 am|
Compared to Afghanistan, this latest development in Iraq looks like a glorious victory, which is more a commentary on Afghanistan than Iraq.