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    Iraq Violence Surge Spurs New Fears

    A half year after the U.S. military left Iraq, dire predictions seem to be coming true: The country is mired in violence and the government is on the verge of collapsing. With no relief in sight, there's growing talk of Iraq as a failed state as al-Qaida's local wing staged near daily attacks that killed at least 234 people in June.Iraq no longer suffers widespread retaliatory killings between Sunni and Shiite extremists that brought the country to the brink of civil war. But the spike in violence heightens fears that Iraq could limp along for years as an unstable and dangerous country.June was the second-deadliest month since U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq in mid-December as insurgents exploited the political struggles between the country's ethnic and sectarian factions. More significant than the numbers was the fact that insurgents appeared able to sustain the level of violence over a longer period than usual. There was a major deadly bombing or shooting rampage almost every three days, many targeting Shiite pilgrims.

    Violence has been steady across Iraq so far this year, but the levels of attacks in June soared beyond the occasional, if spectacular, wave of bombings that is al- Qaida's usual pattern. Victims mostly have been Shiite pilgrims, government officials and security forces – three of al-Qaida's favorite targets.
    Al-Qaida front group the Islamic State of Iraq claimed responsibility for a June 13 wave of nearly two dozen bombings nationwide that killed 72 Iraqis. The coordination, sophistication and targets of several other attacks also bore the hallmarks of the terror network.

    Some analysts believe Iraq is turning into a failed state. This month, the U.S.-based Fund for Peace ranked Iraq No. 9 on its annual Top Ten list of failed states worldwide. The nonpartisan research group ranked 178 nations and blamed the persistent security problems in Iraq on the inability to overcome long-standing ethnic and sectarian tensions.
    Despite the continued bombings and other attacks, Iraqis have not returned to the sectarian warfare that killed tens of thousands of people as violence peaked in 2006-2007. Shiite militias have shown restraint even as a spate of bombings targeted Shiite pilgrims, shrines and government leaders.



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    Well the "War on Terror" in Iraq worked real well. Just opened the door to more and more terrorists. Good job Merica! Hopefully however this will die down and hopefully Iraq will become somewhat stable of a state. Still dont believe this was worth it as a war.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Hopefully however this will die down and hopefully Iraq will become somewhat stable of a state. Still dont believe this was worth it as a war.
    six more months?
    I may be wrong.

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    Re: Iraq Violence Surge Spurs New Fears

    Quote Originally Posted by Simon W. Moon View Post
    six more months?
    Tilll.....


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    From the begining, Iraq's future depends on Iraqis. They knew removing Saddam would bring civil war. For some reason we didn't.

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    Re: Iraq Violence Surge Spurs New Fears

    We believe what we chose to believe as any Vietnam dis-CUSS-ion will readily show

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    Iraq got what it wanted - its country back free of American interference. They'll just have to do a better job of pulling themselves up by their boot straps. American simply could not afford to be continuously dragged down into a cluster-U-know-what. And let's face it, we didn't get the oil, there weren't any WMDs to be found, and we couldn't establish U.S. bases there long-term, but atleast we were able to get rid of Saddam and establish a democratic government there. (I hope folks saw sarcasm in that last part, but in case you missed it there it is....)

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    Re: Iraq Violence Surge Spurs New Fears

    Quote Originally Posted by Objective Voice View Post
    Iraq got what it wanted - its country back free of American interference. They'll just have to do a better job of pulling themselves up by their boot straps. American simply could not afford to be continuously dragged down into a cluster-U-know-what. And let's face it, we didn't get the oil, there weren't any WMDs to be found, and we couldn't establish U.S. bases there long-term, but atleast we were able to get rid of Saddam and establish a democratic government there. (I hope folks saw sarcasm in that last part, but in case you missed it there it is....)
    We could have established bases if liberals wouldn't be so PC and turn it into an oil producing colony.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daktoria View Post
    We could have established bases if liberals wouldn't be so PC and turn it into an oil producing colony.
    Some conservatives think that is why we invaded, to have a base there. And don't we?

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    Re: Iraq Violence Surge Spurs New Fears

    Quote Originally Posted by Daktoria View Post
    We could have established bases if liberals wouldn't be so PC and turn it into an oil producing colony.
    What would we do with all the Iraqi's that live there? Kill them all? That does sound like a Conservatives "solution". Build concentration camps.

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    Don't worry about Iraq, Iran will take care of it. That's why we invaded, Right? So the Iranians would be able to control all the Iraqi oil too. It helps keep prices up and that was the whole point of the war. More profits for oil companies, more reasons to fight more wars. It worked just as was planned. All it will take is another Republican in the Whitehouse and we will be back there and our boys will be dieing again....and oil will be back at $150 a barrel.
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