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US asked to come back to Iraq

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Iraq Violence: Baghdad Asks For US Help

Iraq has asked the United States for new help to fight extremists in the country less than two years after it forced American troops to withdraw.

The request follows a resurgence of violence across Iraq and a renewed threat from al Qaeda extremists.

The White House has largely turned its attention away from Iraq since US forces left in 2011.

But the country has recently been hit with deadly bombings at a rate reminiscent of Iraq's darkest days, stoking new fears of a civil war.

More than 1,000 Iraqis were killed in terror-related attacks in July, the deadliest month since 2008.

The violence has spurred Baghdad to seek new US aid to curb the threat, said Iraqi Foreign Minister Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari.

He said a US assistance package could include a limited number of advisers, intelligence analysis and surveillance assets including lethal drones.

"There is greater realisation in the Iraq government that we should not shy away from coming and asking for some help and assistance," Mr Zebari said in Washington.

He described US interest in Iraq after the 2011 troop withdrawal as "indifferent, completely" but said that seemed to shift as the White House realised al Qaeda's resurrection there.

"Recently I noticed, and during this visit specifically, there is a renewed interest because of the seriousness of the situation and the challenges," Mr Zebari said.

"I think that is because of the threat of terrorism, the threat of the renewal of al Qaeda and its affiliates has become a serious, serious concern to the US."

American troops left Iraq in December 2011 as required under a 2008 security agreement.

Both countries tried to negotiate plans to keep several thousand US forces in Iraq beyond the deadline to maintain security.

But the proposal fell through after Baghdad refused to give the troops immunity from legal charges, as Washington demanded.

Some 4,500 US troops were killed, and American taxpayers spent at least $767bn (£490bn) during the nearly nine years of war in Iraq.
 
#8
Afghanistan...leaving with no significant improvement.
Syria...Not interested unless it includes Allied assistance.
Iraq...Twice bitten, forced out under a Political agreement to leave then a request to return as unable to cope...oh dear.


All those years of training Iraqi troops may I ask?
 
#9
Lillypad 150kt airbursts all over that hole length and breath. Not worth sacrificing one drop of British blood as we would be dragged in if the spam's went. Why not just send that slimeball Blair to walk down the streets calling for peace. The lesson is clear, in that situation, remove the 'hard' man who has a foot on the neck of the population, whose management was 'piss me off and you end up dead' you get murder and anarchy. The lessons in the recent past started after Tito died in Yugoslavia, through Iraq, Libya, Morocco Syria and now Egypt. At least in Egypt the army took power again and tried to stop the trouble in the country and persecution of minority groups. Look at Lebanon, just an armed camp in many places. Israel has little to fear except Iran but not the others whilst they try to slaughter each other.
 
#10
The only action of the Obozo Administration that I approved of. At least when the Iraqis wouldn't bend on the SOFA memo, the Chief Clown had the good sense to pull the army out in December 2011. We've had enough of rolling that Sysiphian stone up that particular hill thank you very much. Seal Team #6 got Bin Laudin and paid him back for knocking our towers down. Job jobbed. It's time to knock off for beer and medals.
 

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'Please come back Yankees, we miss the contracts and your endless dollars and equipment you bought us for free, which we squandered and used to build our own riches and power bases....'

Allow me to write the Whitehouse official spokesperson's response:

'No, been there, did that, not coming; back you thieving, ungrateful, selfish bastards. You did not deserve our or our Allies blood and treasure then and sure as hell don't deserve it now.'


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#16
I knew that after the US pulled out, it wouldn't take long until the bombings increased and the Iraqis wanted them back.

Does that now mean that the US (and all the others) were there for a good reason?
(This doesn't mean it isn't a shithole though)
 
#18
According to Bush & Blair they were Liberated not invaded, they kicked out their assistance so now they can sort out their own internal mess.

I'd quite happily pay Blair's one way ticket..
Sorry 'illegally' liberated.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Ten years after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq on March 19, 2003, researchers have released the first comprehensive analysis of direct and indirect human and economic costs of the war that followed. According to the report, the war has killed at least 190,000 people, including men and women in uniform, contractors, and civilians and will cost the United States $2.2 trillion — a figure that far exceeds the initial 2002 estimates by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget of $50 to $60 billion.

The report was released by the Costs of War project, based at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies. Catherine Lutz, the Thomas J. Watson Jr. Family Professor of Anthropology and International Studies at Brown University, co-directs the project with Neta C. Crawford, professor of political science at Boston University.

Among the group’s main findings:

More than 70 percent of those who died of direct war violence in Iraq have been civilians — an estimated 134,000. This number does not account for indirect deaths due to increased vulnerability to disease or injury as a result of war-degraded conditions. That number is estimated to be several times higher.

The Iraq War will ultimately cost U.S. taxpayers at least $2.2 trillion. Because the Iraq war appropriations were funded by borrowing, cumulative interest through 2053 could amount to more than $3.9 trillion.

The $2.2 trillion figure includes care for veterans who were injured in the war in Iraq, which will cost the United States almost $500 billion through 2053.

The total of U.S. service members killed in Iraq is 4,488. At least 3,400 U.S. contractors have died as well, a number often under-reported.

Terrorism in Iraq increased dramatically as a result of the invasion and tactics and fighters were exported to Syria and other neighboring countries.

Iraq’s health care infrastructure remains devastated from sanctions and war. More than half of Iraq’s medical doctors left the country during the 2000s, and tens of thousands of Iraqi patients are forced to seek health care outside the country.

The $60 billion spent on reconstruction for Iraq has not gone to rebuilding infrastructure such as roads, health care, and water treatment systems, but primarily to the military and police. The Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction has found massive fraud, waste, and abuse of reconstruction funds.

Estimated cost of Iraq War is 190,000 lives and $2.2 trillion | Brown University News and Events

In other words a complete 'cluster****.'
 
#19
Odd in no previous war in US history has VA care for those who were wounded/injured been factored into the cost of the war.

Not GW1
Not Vietnam
Not Korea
Not WW2
Not WW1

Nor has the Interest cost been ever factored in before. that Stiglitz math again.
 
#20
The only thing the US can do to sort Iraq out is to fly wave after wave of B52s over the country and carpet bomb it into oblivion; and let the country restart from scratch.
 

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