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Iraq Has Iran’s Back

Posted on Jun 8, 2008

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has a bit of a problem on his hands. While he’s dependent on U.S. forces to protect his regime, his friends in Iran are concerned about the presence of so many American troops on their doorstep. The U.S. and Iraq are trying to bang out the details of America’s military mission, but just so there are no ideas, Maliki let his Iranian allies know, “We will not allow Iraq to become a platform for harming the security of Iran and neighbors.”

Update from the BBC: “In the wider Arab press, pan-Arab papers say it is unrealistic for Mr Maliki to try to form an alliance with Tehran while keeping Washington on board.”


Iraq will not allow its territory to be used to attack Iran, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has said during a visit to Tehran.

Mr Maliki met the foreign minister and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who pledged to help with Iraq’s security.

The role of the US in Iraq is high on the agenda, with Tehran concerned about a treaty under discussion on the terms of the US military’s future in Iraq.

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By ender, June 9, 2008 at 10:33 am Link to this comment

What if Maliki grew a pair, and issued a statement that the democratically elected gov’t of the sovereign nation of Iraq request that all US troops and contractors immediately withdraw from Iraqi soil?  What if his Foreign Minister read the statement in front of the UN?  What if he ask for UN peace keepers to observe the withdrawal?

Could war crimes trials finally begin at the Hague when Shrub refused?

I know, I’m a dreamer.

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By cyrena, June 9, 2008 at 8:29 am Link to this comment

“Iraq will not allow its territory to be used to attack Iran, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has said during a visit to Tehran.”

Right! As if Maliki has ANY say on what goes on in Iraq. He better hope like hell that Iran DOES cover his butt, which is why I guess he’s in Tehran. He sold himself and Iraq to the US long ago, and now the US is ready dump him like they did Saddam. As far as Dick Bush is concerned, Iraq is to the US what Gaza and the West Bank are to Israel.

So, what in the world could they even be talking about here, other than that Dick Cheney has LONG planned to use Iraq to duke it out with Iran? Any ‘security’ that Iran can provide at this point, can only be as a defense against the Americans, because Maliki can’t make the US LEAVE!!

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By Arabian Thoroughbred, June 8, 2008 at 11:18 pm Link to this comment
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One of the meanings of the Arabic word Nouri is “Gypsy.” Even though, I would’ve loved to give weight and credence to this Nouri Malaki words regarding his support for Iran against American and Israeli threats and bullying. Such a statement to have weight must come from a sovereign leader whose country have sovereignty and the free will and power to back one’s words with actions.

It seems that this Gypsy has forgotten that he is just the latest among the puppets of the Israeli-American interprise. I wish he would shut up and save people like me the pain of responding to his empty rhetoric, as if we had not enough with Osama-Obama’s shows!

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