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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 07:14 AM
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Iraq on verge of becoming failed state, think tank warns

Iraq on verge of becoming failed state, think tank warns

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LONDON (AFP) - Iraq, its government already largely irrelevant, is on the "verge of becoming a failed state" that risks collapse and fragmentation, a leading think tank warned Thursday.

"The coming year will be pivotal for Iraq," said Gareth Stansfield, author of the report "Accepting Realities in Iraq" for the Chatham House research institute in London.

"The internecine fighting and continual struggle for power threatens the nations very existence in its current form," he said.

The report said US-led coalition forces are struggling to promote security in a country torn apart by not just one civil war but several insurgencies involving different religious, ethnic and political groups.

Despite their recent "surge" to boost security in Baghdad, US forces appear to have "simply pushed insurgent activity to neighboring cities" and cannot create conditions that will resolve political differences among various groups.

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Warren Stupidity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 07:18 AM
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1. Words fail me. Did they get paid for this analysis? nt.
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trotsky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 07:23 AM
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4. Whatever they charged,
I'll offer my services for half their price. Just about anyone on DU could have told them the exact goddamn thing 3 years ago.
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BobRossi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 07:19 AM
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2. "Verge"?
I guess it all depends on what one considers the "Verge", like when Noah stood on the bow of his ark and could no longer see land and said to his old lady: "I think we are on the verge of a flood".
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leftchick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 07:22 AM
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3. I believe it is a done deal
this is journalism? :eyes:
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C_U_L8R Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 07:28 AM
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5. Ya think?
I didn't even know there was a state to fail.
Looks more like a puppet show to me...
surrounded by anarchy and civil war.
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mmonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 07:29 AM
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6. It is a failed state.
America is on its way as well.
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hippiechick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 07:43 AM
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7. CLUESTICK!!!
"... on the verge" ??? LMAO! :rofl:


:spank: And these think-tankers are considered 'brilliant'? :eyes:
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