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Iraq declares victory as U.S. troops leave cities
yahoo! via rooters ^ | 6/20/2009 | Khalid al-Ansary

Posted on 06/20/2009 6:06:47 AM PDT by shove_it

Iraq's leader declared victory Saturday as the country began to end a foreign occupation with the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from cities, and told Iraqis not to lose faith if the pullback resulted in attacks.

As part of a security pact signed between Baghdad and Washington last year, U.S. combat forces must leave urban centers by June 30 and the entire force that invaded Iraq in 2003 must be gone by 2012.

"It is a great victory for Iraqis that we are taking the first step toward ending the foreign presence in Iraq," Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki told a conference of leaders from the ethnic Turkmen community.

"I, and you, are sure that many don't want us to succeed and celebrate this victory. They are getting themselves ready to move in the dark to destabilize the situation, but we will be ready for them, God willing."

A series of devastating bomb attacks in April cast doubt on the ability of Iraqi security forces to take over from U.S. troops in protecting the population from mainly Sunni Islamist insurgents, including al Qaeda, and other violent groups.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: almaliki; iraq; troopwithdrawal
I did not detect a "thank you Yanks for fighting and dying to liberate my people" in Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's remarks.
1 posted on 06/20/2009 6:06:47 AM PDT by shove_it
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To: shove_it

From the tone of the first two sentences, it doesn’t look as though the reporter would have included the comment if it exists.


2 posted on 06/20/2009 6:10:42 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: shove_it

Iraq is doomed to failure. They still have the same radical mindset that gave the Saddam in the first place, ‘it is all those damn Americans falut’. And of course, Obama and the libs are just feeding that mindset.


3 posted on 06/20/2009 6:10:50 AM PDT by Always Right (Obama: more arrogant than Bill Clinton, more naive than Jimmy Carter, and more liberal than LBJ.)
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To: shove_it

It’s what we do, we fight and die for ungrateful pricks. But yes, a simple thank you would definitely be nice, and wouldn’t detract from the political clout he is trying to build.


4 posted on 06/20/2009 6:11:53 AM PDT by scottinoc
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To: shove_it
Iran is waiting for all the troops to leave, very soon, and then the Al-Mooky Shia clerics will take charge, like they did in Iran.

Like the Shaw, the puppet secular leaders now in charge are corrupt and have no moral convictions. They will flee like rats from a fire when the Mullahs force a takeover. And they will take it without a shot fired, because Emperor Maobama won't “interfere” with their affairs.

Then, the real squeeze starts with Muzzie control of the Worlds oil supply.

5 posted on 06/20/2009 6:17:10 AM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (Give me LIBERTY or give me an M-24A2!)
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To: scottinoc

It’s what we do, we fight and die...

They should be KISSING YOUR BOOTS!!!


6 posted on 06/20/2009 6:20:24 AM PDT by FES0844
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To: shove_it

100 days and it’ll be a Mozlem Oligarchy again.

Even “the one who must be obeyed” could not have delivered a Democracy to a Nation of Islamic Tribes, IF he’d tried.

We should have pulled out the minute we captured Saddam. I hold Bush responsible for all the deaths of our beautiful young men from that point until now.

There are few Statesmen inside the Washington, DC, beltway; most are selfish men/women with delusions of getting rich and staying in power.

If you read this and have a pithy short statement I could put on a poster when I go to DC over the 4th, please FReepMail me. I’m looking for something that is catchy and also a slap at “the one who must be obeyed.” I’m not afraid to stand up to “the one” ~~~ I’m a Palin and Bachmann supporter!


7 posted on 06/20/2009 6:20:24 AM PDT by HighlyOpinionated (Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann in 2012. With Liz Cheney as Secretary of State.)
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To: shove_it

We all know that this withdrawal is based on President Bush’s agreement....right?? Because in a short while, we will hear Obama say....”I did it!!”


8 posted on 06/20/2009 6:22:00 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: shove_it
"It is a great victory for Iraqis that we are taking the first step toward ending the foreign presence in Iraq,"

The Muslim need to feign superiority in any and every situation might well bring about the collapse into chaos of that US created government. Nothing can be assumed about that place until US control and influence has been absent for period of time.

9 posted on 06/20/2009 6:23:44 AM PDT by Will88
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To: shove_it
Iraq and the entire middle east will descend into chaos in direct proportion to the level of our disengagement.

When the Islamic “government” of Iraq can call the exit of American forces a victory of liberation from occupying forces — it gives me a warm fuzzy feeling we have been fools once again...

10 posted on 06/20/2009 6:30:15 AM PDT by river rat (Semper Fi - You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: shove_it

foreign occupation???

This is so typical of both Muslims and the press to state this...and yes I agree - where’s the THANK YOU YANKS...

These are the rudest most conceited people on the face of the planet and they have done nothing to advance civilization at all...


11 posted on 06/20/2009 6:42:01 AM PDT by BCW (http://babylonscovertwar.com)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

Khomenist clerics (prominent in the Iranian Regime) have a different mindset than the Al-Sistani Shi’ites (prominent in Iraq). The latter prefer a separation between Mosque and State while the former are proponents of Theocracy.

Also, Al Nouriki is a common cheesy politician (like we have here). He wants to pre-empt the Al Sadr folks with this apparently ungrateful attitude. (His words in private may be very different). I see him as expressing Iraqi nationalism - something they desperately need at this point in their history.


12 posted on 06/20/2009 6:53:25 AM PDT by neocon1984
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To: Will88

Your’e right, the foreign presence thing is for local consumption politically. However, there has not been much in the thank you department.


13 posted on 06/20/2009 7:07:04 AM PDT by Texas resident (Texan by birth and by choice.)
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To: Always Right
Democracy is difficult for a muslim people to implement. Islam is a culture, a totality of life, and its tenets of acceptance of Allah's will does not provide much place for individual thought. This failure is replaced by the leader complex. Religious like the Caliphs and Ayatollahs or secular like Nassers and Husseins.

Unfortunately the 700 year occupation of Spain has had similar effects on Hispanic peoples. The republican and legal ideas of Rome and the concepts of individual liberty of the Visigoths were washed away by the Conquista and never really revived by the Reconquista. I'd say success in Iraq is still very problematic.

14 posted on 06/20/2009 7:23:35 AM PDT by xkaydet65
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To: shove_it
Bite me, Maliki.

Our troops have shed their blood for your freedom. You and yours were oppressed under Saddam and you know it.

Many of your countrymen have expressed their heartfelt gratitude for the sacrifices that our own people have made for your nation.

The least you could do is set a better example than the one you're setting now.

15 posted on 06/20/2009 7:27:40 AM PDT by Allegra ( Stand up for FREEDOM, Iran.)
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To: Allegra
"Bite me, Maliki."

That sums it up nicely.

16 posted on 06/20/2009 7:34:38 AM PDT by shove_it (and have a nice day)
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To: shove_it

It will be a great day when U.S. Forces can totally withdraw from Iraq leaving a stable democracy behind. I just hope that Iraq can keep it.


17 posted on 06/20/2009 7:37:51 AM PDT by puppypusher (The world is going to the Dogs.)
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To: shove_it

Liberated Iraq, you left wing scumbag reporters.


18 posted on 06/20/2009 8:01:41 AM PDT by Williams (It's The Policies, Stupid.)
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To: shove_it
Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki told a conference of leaders from the ethnic Turkmen community.

Wonder how he will feel when Muqtada al sadr, the pig humper, puts his head in a noose in a few months.

19 posted on 06/20/2009 8:33:01 AM PDT by org.whodat
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To: shove_it

From most of the speeches he’s given he has been more appreciative than obozo or the DNC has.

Pray for America and Our Troops


20 posted on 06/20/2009 3:40:44 PM PDT by bray (Hope or Chains?)
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To: shove_it

It’s not a clear win for the Democrats until Iraq once again becomes a dictatorial hellhole hostile to the United States.


21 posted on 06/20/2009 4:03:01 PM PDT by Salman
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To: Always Right

If folks in the CIA don’t give OB the finger and start helping the Iranians, Iraq will not stand after we leave....cause the Ayatollah will kill off all those who were in the streets in the June Revolution.


22 posted on 06/22/2009 11:32:29 PM PDT by TomasUSMC ( FIGHT LIKE WW2, FINISH LIKE WW2. FIGHT LIKE NAM, FINISH LIKE NAM)
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To: neocon1984
Khomenist clerics (prominent in the Iranian Regime) have a different mindset than the Al-Sistani Shi’ites (prominent in Iraq).
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Nope.

Al-Sistani was born and raised in.....Iran. He is a Shiite. He was the one who threatened the United States if the Iraqi Constitution did not include “ISLAM WILL BE THE OFFICIAL RELIGION” and “ NO LAW SHALL CONTRADICT ISLAM”.

Why do you suppose there have NOT been giant demonstrations in support of Freedom in Iran? Remember the giant demonstrations in support of that punk Al-Sadr?

Islam cannot coexist with Democracy.

23 posted on 06/22/2009 11:38:50 PM PDT by TomasUSMC ( FIGHT LIKE WW2, FINISH LIKE WW2. FIGHT LIKE NAM, FINISH LIKE NAM)
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To: TomasUSMC

You have accurately described some commonly known information, but failed to grasp important distinctions.

Al-Sistani has made it abundantly clear (in words and deeds) that he does not believe in theocratic rule. That is why Nouri Al-Maliki was elected the President of Iraq (in a fragmented parliamentary system) and Achmadinnerjacket is President in name only of the Khomeniist Iran where the mullahs run the show (and apparently count the ballots). This is a distinction with important differences.

Your opinions about Islam being inconsistent democracy are simply biases steeped in ignorance and cynicism. 600 years ago, it would have been just as easy to say that European Christianity could not coexist with democracy because of the feudal system and authority of the Catholic Church. I wonder what happened?


24 posted on 06/23/2009 7:29:30 AM PDT by neocon1984
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To: neocon1984

You can’t compare islam to Christianity 600 years ago. Today millions of moslems have all the education, technology and much more money than Christians.

But try to practice freedom of religion in a moslem country.

The facts are that the Iraqi Constitution MANDATES
“ NO LAW SHALL CONTRADICT ISLAM” period.


25 posted on 06/23/2009 11:41:15 AM PDT by TomasUSMC ( FIGHT LIKE WW2, FINISH LIKE WW2. FIGHT LIKE NAM, FINISH LIKE NAM)
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