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Pack your bags, Marines.....:rolleyes:




http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110215/wl_nm/us_iraq_protests_1


Iraq protesters demand jobs in countrywide rallies
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By Fadhel al-Badrani Fadhel Al-badrani – Tue Feb 15, 1:35 pm ET
FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraqis protested against corruption and joblessness across the war-ravaged country on Tuesday as anti-government rallies echoed in the Arab world.

Iraqis have long protested against poor basic services and food shortages, but Tuesday they made direct references to the turmoil that has shaken other parts of the region. In the mainly Sunni town of Falluja in western Iraq, about 1,000 protesters gathered near the mayor's office to demand officials improve services and do more to fight corruption.

In the northern oil-rich city of Kirkuk, about 100 people demonstrated near a provincial council building. About 200 protesters rallied in the southern oil-hub of Basra.

In Falluja, one man tried to set himself on fire, mimicking protesters in Tunisia and Egypt where popular uprisings have unseated long-ruling authoritarian leaders. He was stopped by other demonstrators.

"The destiny of our corrupted rulers will be the same as that of (Egypt's Hosni) Mubarak and (Tunisia's) Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali," said 21-year-old university student Jamal Abdullah, another protester in Falluja.

"This is the time for the youth, we will not be silent against violations and corruption."

Iraq has been slow in improving services almost eight years after the U.S.-led invasion. Infrastructure is old, electricity shortages are persistent and people's frustration is growing.

But unlike other countries in the region Iraq's former autocratic regime has already been swept away by the U.S. invasion, and the new rulers have vowed to rebuild the country.

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who secured a second term in office last November and whose government took office less than two months ago, said protests were welcome.

"We admit that there is a shortage in services, and do not want to deliver an excuse for this lack, but we want to clarify the reasons, which is that state revenues are not enough," Maliki said at a meeting with tribal leaders Monday.

"The financial crisis is for this year only and will disappear in the next year, because our production of oil will double, and will cover a lot of our needs in the areas of construction, reconstruction and investment."

Iraq sits on some of the world's biggest oil reserves that have the capacity to propel it into becoming a major oil-producing nation, but poor infrastructure has hindered production and the development of its oil fields.

Protests in Iraq have so far been scattered and appear not to have the same momentum as demonstrations in other parts of the Arab world.

Iraqi groups on the social networking website Facebook are calling for a coordinated protest on February 25. One group, "Iraq revolution" with almost 6,000 supporters, asked for Iraqis to coordinate a mass demonstration.

"We are part of the world affected by what is happening around us," a member of the group wrote on the website. "The revolution of Tunisia and Egypt is a great motivation for us to embark on this great project."

(Additional reporting by Aref Mohammed in Basra, Mustafa Mahmoud in Kirkuk and Suadad al-Salhy in Baghdad; Writing by Serena Chaudhry; Editing by Maria Golovnina)


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Iraq: SNAFU
 

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300 people out of 30+ million... with the possibility of 6000 more ?

Slow news day ?
 

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Pack your bags, Marines.....:rolleyes:

Why would they pack their bags? When they replaced the 82d in there early in OIF (when the city was locked down and quiet) last time they were there they got run out of the city and never got back in....:rolling:
 

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110217/wl_nm/us_iraq_usa_damages


Baghdad wants U.S. to pay $1 billion for damage to city
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BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq's capital wants the United States to apologize and pay $1 billion for the damage done to the city not by bombs but by blast walls and Humvees since the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.

The city's government issued its demands in a statement on Wednesday that said Baghdad's infrastructure and aesthetics have been seriously damaged by the American military.

"The U.S. forces changed this beautiful city to a camp in an ugly and destructive way, which reflected deliberate ignorance and carelessness about the simplest forms of public taste," the statement said.

"Due to the huge damage, leading to a loss the Baghdad municipality cannot afford...we demand the American side apologize to Baghdad's people and pay back these expenses."

The statement made no mention of damage caused by bombing.

Baghdad's neighborhoods have been sealed off by miles of concrete blast walls, transforming the city into a tangled maze that contributes to massive traffic jams. Despite a sharp reduction in overall violence in recent years only 5 percent of the walls have been removed, officials said.

The heavy blast walls have damaged sewer and water systems, pavement and parks, said Hakeem Abdul Zahra, the city spokesman.

U.S. military Humvees, driven on street medians and through gardens, have also caused major damage, he said.

"The city of Baghdad feels these violations, which have taken place for years, have caused economic and moral damage," he said.

U.S. troops pulled out of Iraq's cities in June 2009 before formally ending combat operations last August. Around 50,000 remain in Iraq but they are scheduled to withdraw by year end.

Baghdad is badly in need of a facelift. Electricity and trash collection are sporadic, streets are potholed and sewage treatment plants and pipes have not been renovated for years.

Iraq has seen growing protests in recent weeks over poor government services.

Zahra said the city's statement issued on Wednesday would be the start of its measures to get the United States to pay for damages but he did not say what other steps might be taken."






shocking...:rolleyes:
 

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Here's what we need to do. We pack up all of our soldiers and Humvees and crap and vacate the country. We let Iraq know that they are on their own to rebuild their country. Then we quietly let our friends, the Iranians, know that we won't interfere if they attack Iraq. Iraq has more oil than Iran, so Iran could more than double their reserves. And since we wouldn't be equipping Iraq like we did in the 80's, it would be a cakewalk. I'm sure once they took over, the Iranians would quickly proceed to beautify Baghdad. Everyone's problem, including ours, would be solved. Not to mention that Iran would be tied up for decades fighting the Iraqi Sunnis that don't like being dominated by Shiites. :nuts:
 

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Not to mention that Iran would be tied up for decades fighting the Iraqi Sunnis that don't like being dominated by Shiites. :nuts:
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Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeessssss They sure as heck would......:agree:
 
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