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Iraq Welcomes Back Saddam’s Soldiers

Posted on Feb 25, 2010
U.S. Army / PFC Ali Hargis

One of the most criticized decisions made by the U.S. back in 2003 when it stumbled into Iraq like a drunk Mel Gibson at a bar mitzvah was the disbanding of the Iraqi army. All these years later, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is reinstating 20,000 of Saddam Hussein’s officers.

The move has been criticized by Maliki’s political opposition as a stunt.

When the Coalition Provisional Authority sent the soldiers packing after the invasion, it created a huge pool from which the insurgency could draw angry men with guns and the knowledge to use them.  —PZS

New York Times:

The Iraqi government said Thursday that it would reinstate 20,000 army officers who served under Saddam Hussein, a surprising move given that Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki has focused his campaign in the coming parliamentary elections around denouncing the former Baath government.

Mohammed al-Askari, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense, said the prime minister approved the reinstatement of the officers, which he said would begin immediately.

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By unexhnm, February 26, 2010 at 4:08 am Link to this comment

Hi Guise I’ll say that Iraq is terriozm country.Osma bin Landan very popular even on America…There are many terriroust born there…

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By radson, February 25, 2010 at 7:24 pm Link to this comment

Robert Fisk was right,but the imperialists rely on
foolish Pride and so the story continues,a stage of fools to promote the greedy in a continuum of stupidity.

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By MarthaA, February 25, 2010 at 4:47 pm Link to this comment

Sadaam Hussein’s military personnel still need jobs to live. 
Here is a satirical history of oil and war that covers the last one hundred years:

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