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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-18-07 10:39 AM
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Latest Pentagon Report Prooves - Petraeus Spun Fairy Tales (WAPO)
Security Took 'Turn for Worse' In Southern Iraq, Report Says

By Ann Scott Tyson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, September 18, 2007; Page A14

Security is deteriorating in southern Iraq as rival Shiite militias vying for power have stepped up their attacks after moving out of Baghdad to avoid U.S.-led military operations, according to the latest quarterly Pentagon report on Iraq released yesterday.

"The security environment in southern Iraq took a notable turn for the worse in August" with the assassination of two governors, said the report, which covers June through August. "There may be retaliation and an increase in intra-Shi'a violence throughout the South," it said, whereas previously the

Iran has intensified its training and funding of the Shiite militia, and Iranian-influenced militias are believed to be responsible for killing the two governors, as well as for a nearly 40 percent increase in attacks using lethal weapons known as explosively formed projectiles, compared with the mid-February to mid-May period, the report said.

The growing violence in the south is one factor making it unlikely that Iraq's leaders -- hampered by a "zero sum" mentality -- will make headway in the fall on key political resolutions, the report concluded. "In the short term, Iraqi political leaders will likely be less concerned about reconciliation than with consolidating power and posturing for a future power struggle," it said.

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porphyrian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-18-07 10:42 AM
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1. So, he's lied to Congress twice.
Why is he considered an expert again?
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