How Maliki and Iran Outsmarted the U.S. on Troop Withdrawal by Gareth Porter

by Gareth Porter
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
crossposted at IPS
Dec. 16, 2011

WASHINGTON, Dec 16, 2011 (IPS) – Defence Secretary Leon Panetta’s suggestion that the end of the U.S. troop presence in Iraq is part of a U.S. military success story ignores the fact that the George W. Bush administration and the U.S. military had planned to maintain a semi-permanent military presence in Iraq.

Continue reading

What Is Sadr’s Game on Future U.S. Troop Presence? by Gareth Porter

by Gareth Porter
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
crossposted at IPS
14 July, 2011

WASHINGTON, Jul 14, 2011 (IPS) – The big question looming over U.S.-Iraqi negotiations on a U.S. military presence after 2011 is what game Shi’a leader Moqtada al-Sadr is playing on the issue.

U.S. officials regard Sadr as still resisting the U.S. military presence illegally and are demanding that Sadr call off his Promised Day Brigades completely.

Continue reading

Patrick Cockburn: Who is Muqtada al-Sadr? (videos)

Dandelion Salad

operationmongoose

Patrick Cockburn describes his experiences in Iraq over nearly 30 years and describes the spiritual and militia leader, Sayyid Muqtada.

I apologize for the glitches in Segment 1, my miniDV cam is crap. Segments 2-6 should be fine.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

see

Cockburn talks about US holding Iraqi money hostage