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America’s Return To Iraq

Given the scale of the threat posed by the Islamic State to Iraq and the Middle East, focusing on the implications of US policy is understandable. But whether the current crisis will have a happy ending – or even a tolerable one – depends far more on what the region’s players decide to do.

Read Here – Project Syndicate

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Iraq: Sovereign Partner Of The United States

Yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of the overthrow of Saddam Hussain. But the debate about the direction of the US-Iraqi relationship is influenced by a pessimistic view that the US has lost Iraq. Not true. Despite all the problems of the past decade, the overwhelming majority of Iraqis agree that we are better off today than under Saddam’s brutal dictatorship. Iraqis will remain grateful for the US role and for the losses sustained by military and civilian personnel that contributed in ending Saddam’s rule. These losses pale by comparison, of course, to those sustained by the Iraqi people, writes Nouri Al Maliki, Prime Minister of Iraq.

Read Here – Gulf News

The Saddam Debate Rages A Decade On

It’s 10 years since the overthrow of Saddam and 25 since he ordered the Kurdish genocide. I can guarantee that you will not hear much about Saddam’s atrocities in the coming weeks. As Bayan Rahman, the Kurdish ambassador to London, said to me: “Everyone wants to remember Fallujah and no one wants to remember Halabja.” Nor, I think, will you hear about the least explored legacy of the war, which continues to exert a malign influence on “liberal” foreign policy.

Read Here – The Guardian

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