Sadr Stops Attacks Unless US Stays in Iraq

By: Monday September 12, 2011 6:16 am

Muqtada al-Sadr has tried a number of different tactics to achieve his goal of removing all US troops from Iraq by the end of the year. He’s tried civil disobedience. He’s shown a sample of the unrest that would result. And now, he’s trying to lay down a welcome mat for the Americans, as long [...]

Fallout Continues from Leak of Post-2011 US Military Presence in Iraq

By: Wednesday September 7, 2011 8:55 am

The news that the President has settled on 3,000 trainers to stay in Iraq past the assigned 2011 withdrawal date, first reported by Fox News, was subsequently confirmed by other outlets. And unlike Fox News, these stories are being reported more accurately. The Obama administration is considering leaving about 3,000 American troops in Iraq after [...]

Iraqi Foreign Minister Hints at Continued US Presence

By: Wednesday July 27, 2011 2:08 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 [...]

Sadr Holds Mass Protest In Baghdad Against US Presence in Iraq

By: Thursday May 26, 2011 10:31 am

Muqtada al-Sadr brought tens of thousands of Iraqis to a central square in Baghdad to protest against any extension of the US troop presence. Tens of thousands waved Iraqi flags and shouted “No, no, America!” as the tight columns of the unarmed but ominous-looking members of the Mahdi Army, as al-Sadr’s militia is known, marched [...]

Fractious Iraqi Government Mulls Over US Stay

By: Thursday May 12, 2011 6:55 am

Let’s turn to Iraq, where as we have seen, the US very obviously wants to extend the military presence in the country beyond the planned withdrawal date of December 2011. However, they signed an agreement with the Iraqi government to leave at that time, and they insist that they can only stay at the request [...]

Gates Floats Continued US Presence in Iraq, Says Maliki Must Decide Soon

By: Thursday April 7, 2011 2:44 pm

I don’t think there’s a bigger campaign promise that Barack Obama made than getting troops out of Iraq. His opposition to the war is the reason he won the nomination; I don’t even think that’s a controversial statement. And of the many advances he’s touted in his first week as a candidate for re-election, there [...]

After Hinting at Extension of War in Afghanistan, Biden Heads to Iraq

By: Thursday January 13, 2011 7:36 am

In Afghanistan earlier this week, Vice President Joe Biden told Hamid Karzai that, if he wanted US forces to stay in the country beyond 2014, that can be arranged. The implication was clear – the 2014 “deadline” for transfer of security is about as stringent as the July 2011 “deadline” for transitioning to that security [...]

Maliki: US Troops Will Leave Iraq in One Year, As Scheduled

By: Tuesday December 28, 2010 12:01 pm

Newly re-elected Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ended any talk of an extension of the status of forces agreement in Iraq in an interview, saying that US forces will leave the country entirely at the end of 2011, just 12 months from now. Currently there are a little less than 50,000 “non-combat” troops in Iraq. [...]

US Changes Tune on Iraqi Government: “Slow Down!”

By: Monday October 18, 2010 8:33 am

This is really funny: when it looked like the only option for Iraq’s government would include a role for former CIA asset Iyad Allawi, American officials urged the formation of a coalition without delay. Now that Muqtada al-Sadr has backed the Shiite Nouri al-Maliki, and the coalition could freeze out Allawi, America’s all, why hurry? [...]

Guess Who’s Back? Muqtada al-Sadr

By: Monday June 28, 2010 9:55 am

We have had this debate spark up over Afghanistan this past week as if it’s the only war in which we are still engaged. However, America remains entwined in Iraq, and a familiar face has returned to the stage there. For backstory, the Iraqi elections, which still have yet to be decided, featured a victory [...]

Muqtada al-Sadr Made Prime Minister of Iraq

By: Thursday April 1, 2010 6:38 am

Actually not even really an April Fool’s Day joke: Followers of Moktada al-Sadr, the militant cleric whose militia was a major force in the Shiite insurgency against American forces, announced Wednesday that they were arranging a special vote to pick Iraq’s next prime minister. Mr. Sadr, who has been living in Iran, released a statement [...]

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