Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Iraq: On Ground Updates - September 26, 2012

Iraq: On Ground Updates
Posters of Iran’s Smiling Supreme Leader Appear all Across Iraq - U.S. and Iraq Negotiating Agreement for Return of Small Units of American Soldiers to Iraq for Future Training Missions - Iraq Prevents North Korean Plane from Entering Its Airspace on Suspicion of Carrying Weapons for Syria - Michael Gordon's New Book on Iraq - 11 Killed, 25 Injured in Insurgents' Attacks Across Iraq
Wednesday, September 26, 2011
File photo by Iranian Supreme Leader Office
* The Huffington Post had this report posted on their website Tuesday morning and it goes in part like this. …posters of Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei first appeared in at least six Shiite neighborhoods in Baghdad and across Iraq's Shiite-dominated south in August, as part of an annual pro-Palestinian observance started years ago by Iran. They have conspicuously remained up since then… "When I see these pictures, I feel I am in Tehran, not Baghdad," said Asim Salman, 44, a Shiite and owner of a Baghdad cafe. "Authorities must remove these posters, which make us angry."… In Basra, located 550 kilometers (340 miles) south of the capital, they hang near donation boxes decorated with scripts in both countries' languages - Arabic and Farsi… A senior official in Baghdad's local government said municipal workers fear retribution from Shiite militias loyal to Iran in if they take them down…
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* had the following article posted Tuesday and it starts off like this… Has Obama fulfilled his most famous national security campaign commitment from 2008: to end the Iraq war "more responsibly" than he says we began it? According to this excerpt from Michael Gordon's new book on Iraq, the answer may well turn out to be no… Read the rest at link below
* The New York Times had the following report posted on their website Monday and it goes in part like this. Iraq and the United States are negotiating an agreement that could result in the return of small units of American soldiers to Iraq on training missions. At the request of the Iraqi government, according to General Caslen, a unit of Army Special Operations soldiers was recently deployed to Iraq to advise on counterterrorism and help with intelligence… So even as the country leans closer to Iran and contemplates buying weapons from Russia, it still seeks the military support of the United States. This is because Iraq is still facing a potent insurgency whose frequent recent attacks have raised questions about the ability of Iraq’s counterterrorism forces to face the threat… 
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* The Washington Post had the following AP report posted up on their website back on September 21st and it starts off like this… Iraq prevented a North Korean plane from entering its airspace on suspicion it was carrying weapons for Syria, prompting praise from the U.S. on Friday but also demands for a ban of Iranian aircraft with similar suspect cargo… Iraq’s decision could potentially close a supply line for Syrian President Bashar Assad’s embattled regime, which is fighting a civil war against rebels trying to topple him… U.S. officials have accused Baghdad of allowing Iran -like North Korea an ally of Syria - to fly weapons to Syrian forces through Iraqi airspace, a charge Iraq has denied… 
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* The Muslim News out of the UK had the following report today, (Wednesday) and it starts off like this… A total of 11 people were killed and 25 others injured Tuesday in bomb and gunfire attacks in Iraq, the police said… Read this report in full at link below
The news out of Iraq is never ending…

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