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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 05:15 PM

Iraq official says Baghdad open to US military aid

BAGHDAD (AP) Iraq is open to greater American military cooperation as U.S. commanders explore ways to boost security assistance to the country, a top Iraqi official said Thursday as a fresh wave of bombings claimed 16 lives.

The Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, has recommended that military American commanders look for ways to help improve the military capabilities of Iraq and Lebanon, which both face the risk of spillover from the civil war in neighboring Syria.

Dempsey said Wednesday that the assistance would not involve sending U.S. combat troops, but could involve the U.S. sending in training teams and accelerating sales of weapons and equipment.

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More violence rocked Iraq late Thursday when bombs struck cafes in and around Baghdad, killing 16 and wounding dozens. The attacks struck in quick succession at the start of the local weekend while the cafes were filled with patrons watching a soccer match.

Police reported five people killed and 17 wounded in Baghdad's largely Sunni neighborhood of Azamiyah, and another three dead and 14 wounded in Shiite-dominated Umm al-Maalif, in the southwestern suburbs of the capital.

Another blast struck the Shiite town of Jbala, about 50 kilometers (35 miles) south of Baghdad, killing 8 and wounding 25.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/sunni-list-wins-vote-volatile-iraqi-province

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Reply Iraq official says Baghdad open to US military aid (Original post)
The Straight Story Jun 2013 OP
AndyA Jun 2013 #1
think Jun 2013 #2
The Straight Story Jun 2013 #3
atreides1 Jun 2013 #5
think Jun 2013 #6
atreides1 Jun 2013 #4
Comrade Grumpy Jun 2013 #7
think Jun 2013 #8
Dyedinthewoolliberal Jun 2013 #9
Turbineguy Jun 2013 #10

Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 05:16 PM

1. Just send them another huge pile of cash.

It's not like we need it for anything here, after all...

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 05:17 PM

2. who's pocketing all the oil money?

 

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Response to think (Reply #2)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 05:19 PM

3. China bought up a lot of the oil rights (nt)

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Response to The Straight Story (Reply #3)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 05:26 PM

5. I get it

They sell the oil rights to China, but they want the US to provide military aid...what a great idea.

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Response to The Straight Story (Reply #3)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 05:38 PM

6. Yes, I understand China got the contracts but isn't Iraq getting a cut?

 

Or do they just really suck at negotiations?

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Response to think (Reply #2)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 05:24 PM

4. I thought they struck a deal with China or Russia?

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 05:42 PM

7. Iraq is effectively allied with Iran and Assad's Syria. This makes my head hurt.

 

Are we going to give them aid to fight the Sunni insurgents there at the same time we want to arm the Sunni insurgents in Syria?

Maybe we could send them that $7 billion worth of MRAPs we're about to turn into scrap in Afghanistan.

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Reply #7)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 05:57 PM

8. It's always bad for the people and a win win for the MIC.... /nt

 

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 06:42 PM

9. Huh?

Wait, what?!

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 06:58 PM

10. Ugh.... Let's see

When you have a problem, get more of what caused it.

Right, got it.

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