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cynatnite Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:04 PM
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Iraq signs military pact with Iran. Where does that put the US?
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq signed a military pact with Iran on Wednesday in a breakthrough with a former foe, but al Qaeda said it would kill Egypt's kidnapped envoy and attack more diplomats to stop the government winning international support.

Defense Minister Saadoun al-Dulaimi signed a pact in Tehran agreeing to accept Iranian military training and other cooperation with the country Iraq fought for a decade under ousted leader Saddam Hussein.

Responding to the suggestion that the thaw in ties with Iran would anger Washington, Dulaimi said: "Nobody can dictate to Iraq its relations with other countries."

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Iraq is anxiously trying to improve its ties with other Muslim countries to win legitimacy and undermine insurgent support. But mainly Sunni-led Arab states have been cautious about embracing the Shi'ite-dominated, U.S.-backed Iraqi authorities.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/050707/15/v0c1.html
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Oversea Visitor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:08 PM
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1. In a shit house
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Coexist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:09 PM
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2. delete - dupe
Edited on Thu Jul-07-05 07:09 PM by FLDem5
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Coexist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:09 PM
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3. $200 billion short of cash
and no oil-rich fields to show for it.
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cynatnite Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:11 PM
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4. This has gotten such little play in the media
Given the animosity bush & cohorts have shown towards Iran then Iraq getting into bed with them, you'd think the media would make an issue of it.

Oh, I forgot...corporate meda :eyes:
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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:12 PM
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5. man, it's like trying to holler out in a dream
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Carla in Ca Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:44 PM
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6. Here is another article
Edited on Thu Jul-07-05 07:46 PM by Carla in Ca
This is disturbing. Now that we have removed Saddam Hussein, the new Iraqi government is going to buddy-up with Iran? Also, Iran will help rebuild Iraq?

<http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8497845 >
Here are the last 2 paragraphs:

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On Wednesday, the first day of al-Duleimi’s visit, Shamkhani demanded the Iraqi government push for the removal of American forces on its soil, saying their presence serves Israel’s interest.

“Iran demands that the Iraqi government make a decision on this case,” Shamkhani said. “The government and people of Iraq should not allow foreign forces to consolidate their control in the area with the aim of providing security for Israel.”
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Disturbed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:47 PM
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7. Most Iranians are Shi'ites...
Most of the Insurgency are Sunnis. Hmm....thinking...
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cynatnite Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:53 PM
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8. Iraq/Iran vs USA
They could team up and decide to force the US out.

I hate to borrow trouble, but that's what I'm reading out of that article. If Iran is going to train Iraqi soldiers and the relations between both countries keep improving this cannot bode well for the US in any way.

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Carla in Ca Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 08:00 PM
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9. That was my take also
This could spell disaster for us. *ush made such a big deal about the Iraqi elections, the 'spreading of democracy' crap.
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