Discussion in 'International Politics' started by Yusuf, Jul 1, 2009.
Iraqis cheer -- and fear -- U.S. pullout from cities - CNN.com
An American pull-out may allow an Iranian dominance over the Iraqi politics, especially in the light of good relations between Iraqi and Iranian politicians.
The Shia revival rests on two pillars: the newly-empowered Shia majority in Iraq and the current rise of Iran as a regional leader.
It would be interesting to see how the US prevents a deep Iran-Iraq bond.
The Iraqi Armour would be mainly based on up to 2,000 retrofitted T-72s, which would be re-designated as the T-91s + around 140 M1 Abrams.
They would be buying an initial squadron of 16 F-16s to re-arm its air force.
So, the US doesn't really dominate matters to a big extent, so as to prevent Shia reunion with Iran.
On the other hand, the Taliban+Al-Qaeda nexus might return to find a safe sanctuary in Iraq, and make life hell for that country and the world.
Mr. Obama has quite some thinking to do..
Return? Alqaida and Taliban only came to fight America. This is a known fact.
Although i don't agree it's such a bad thing i will add to your post by saying there will be a tristate shia alliance in Syria as well. And to a lesser extend Lebanon with Hezballah. But this is not about religion this is about politics. Hamas is supported by iran and they are SUNNI. Hated by saudi egypt and the western backed states. It's more to do with politics then religion my brother.
ALZ what is the view in Turkey of this? They are a NATO nation and they can be a game changer if they choose to be?
At the moment the Taliban need a safe sanctuary to regroup, replan and reassess their strategy and future operations.
Being free of any foreign dominance(like in the case of Pakistan) and the absence of a strong anti-Talibani POV, Iraq will offer them just that.
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