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Wikileaks and Truth and Reconciliation in Iraq

Between 2003 and 2009, more than 4.5 million Iraqis were expelled and displaced amid Iraq’s sectarian civil war — new, grim details of which are contained in the WikiLeaks trove. It’s time to revive the idea of a truth and reconciliation commission.

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Funds for Iraq Humanitarian Assistance Slow to a Trickle

We came. We saw. We Conquered. We took our Money With Us.

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Over 100 killed in Baghdad bombings

A truly horrific day in Badhdad.  A coordinated suicide bombing attack against five targets has killed well over 100 people.  The New York Times has the story. Meanwhile “Baghdad Kill” is a trending twitter topic.    Here is a report from ITN:

 

 

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Head of UN Iraq mission, live from D.C.

At 4 PM (EST) The New America Foundation in Washington, D.C. will be hosting a conversation with Ad Melkert, the head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq.  I’ll be there in person, but everyone can follow the action live via The Washington Note. 

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Iraqi asylum seekers forcibly returned from…Europe?

The UN Refugee Agency set out guidlines last April which advised that asylum seekers from central Iraq be considered in need of international protection due to the human rights and security situation in central Iraq.  Not all governments, however, are taking heed.  From the UN Refugee Agency:

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More troops make more peace

Neocon and former occupation mouthpiece Coalition Provisional Authority spokesperson Dan Senor on the upcoming Kurdish elections:

On Saturday, the Kurds vote on a new parliament and president. While polls show that President Massoud Barzani and the two largest Kurdish parliamentary parties will be re-elected, the dynamic of this election is making Kurdish leaders nervous. Historically, Kurdish elections turned on the KRG’s power struggle with the national government. But in this election, the Iraqi Kurds seem to be more preoccupied with local governance issues such as KRG corruption. This may be prompting KRG officials to foment tension with Baghdad in the hope that the perception of external threats will strengthen their position at the polls. [emphasis mine]

He uses this analysis to argue for increasing not decreasing U.S. troop presence in Kurdistan.  I don’t buy that, but I also don’t buy the logic underlying it.  If Kurdish voters are mostly concerned about corruption in their own government, then their votes are most likely going to be in response to corruption in their own government.  Kurdish politicians can try to foment all the tension they’d like (over the next three days), but that’s not likely to assuage their constituencies’ concerns about corruption.

Senor seems to be doing a little fomenting himself here.  If there’s tension between Kurdistan and Baghdad, then he can argue for a greater U.S. military troop presence (and conveniently oppose the president’s agenda).  And there’s nothing to reduce tension like an enduring occupation force.

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