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cynatnite Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 08:07 PM
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Iraq/Iran vs USA
I thought this deserved it's own thread. I believe this is a very real possibility given how good of a job bush has done to piss off the middle east. This is a development that needs discussed.

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."

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.

Thanks to Carla in Ca for this article:

On Wednesday, the first day of al-Duleimis visit, Shamkhani demanded the Iraqi government push for the removal of American forces on its soil, saying their presence serves Israels 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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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 08:10 PM
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1. Guess Bush IS a uniter..he has united Iraq and Iran against us!!
No one else has ever been able to get them to fight on the same side.
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Spider Jerusalem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 08:17 PM
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2. Could anyone have doubted that this would happen?
I knew this would come to pass, eventually, as soon as Bush started his war. The reason Iran and Iraq were enemies 20 years ago was because Iraq was a secular state controlled by a Sunni minority; now that the Ba'athist regime is gone, Iraq's Shi'a majority are in power (which was a foregone conclusion, once elections were held), and Iraq's new government has social and political reasons for stronger ties with Iran.

Really, I can't see why this comes as a surprise.
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