Bush’s allies quit Iraq

This video from the USA is called Iraq War Protest – March 21st 2003 – Chicago.

From the Financial Times:

Most US allies in Iraq to pull out troops

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2008

The number of countries fighting in the US-led coalition in Iraq is set to fall to a “handful” over the next three months, according to a senior US official. …

The US official said that most of the 29 countries fighting alongside American and Iraqi forces would withdraw their troops this year. …

Georgia pulled out its 2,000 troops last month during its own conflict with Russia. The UK, the second-largest contributor to the coalition, still has about 4,000 troops in Iraq. …

US commanders in Iraq have called for about an additional 10,000 troops to help quell the insurgency.

See also here.

Cholera Outbreak Spreading in Iraq: here.

5 thoughts on “Bush’s allies quit Iraq

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    Troop “reduction” level still higher than before surge
    There are 157,000 US troops in Iraq and Kuwait, of whom 146,000 are in Iraq. The withdrawal announced yesterday will reduce the total in Iraq to 138,000, more than when Bush ordered an extra 31,000 troops to Iraq in January last year, which he said would be a year-long deployment.

    Victory in Iraq declared, not achieved
    The Iraq troop withdrawals President Bush announced on Tuesday at the National Defence University were much ado about nothing.

    U.S. troops kill doctor on way to hospital
    [A] doctor was mistakenly killed by American forces east of Baquba while he was driving to work at a general hospital. . . . The statement said “the driver ignored all signs to stop.”

    Suffering in “post-surge” Iraq
    The antiwar movement still has a case to make against the occupation of Iraq — and in a presidential election where both candidates agree that “victory” in Iraq is the goal, it’s more important than ever for opponents of war and occupation to put forward the argument that the U.S. has only made the lives of Iraqis worse.


  2. Posted by: “frankofbos” FrankOfBos@yahoo.com

    Thu Sep 11, 2008 10:34 pm (PDT)

    Attacks of 9/11 Make Clear Bush’s Saddam Obsession (Bush History, 9/12)

    One day after the 9/11 attacks Bush is saying “See if Saddam did this”,
    seemingly unwilling to take the truth (that Saddam did not do this) for
    an answer. With no 9/11 Saddam link found, two years later we find
    Bush creating new ‘evidence’ to attempt to satisfy his Saddam obsession.

    Get the details …


    Today’s categories: Iraq, Proven Wrong


  3. IRAQ

    Illusory U.S. withdrawal
    Gates urged caution on Iraq cutbacks. The U.S. will remain in Iraq “for years to come.”

    U.S. death squads
    The question is: are Special Forces in Iraq and CIA units in Afghanistan carrying out clandestine hits? In most places in the world, those groups are called “death squads.”

    Should the Americans leave now?
    “The Americans? I hate even to hear their names, these criminals and infidels. What more do they want from us? They killed my young brother, Ahmad, 27, and my wife, Ahlam, 30, on the same day in 2005. . . . I swear to God, if any Iraqi says, ‘Let the Americans stay to protect us’, he does not have any honour, any dignity, any morals. Let them get out of our country so that we can rebuild it.”


  4. Bush Official Fired after Giving High Cost Estimate for Invading Iraq-
    Bush History, 9/14

    A Bush official is fired after estimating that invading Iraq won’t be
    cheap; he is replaced with someone whose numbers were a lot more
    popular with the Bushies. Of course the original estimate was a lot
    closer to the truth, but the truth is the least of Bush administration

    Get the details …


    Today’s categories: Iraq, Proven Wrong


  5. Cheney Linked Hussein to Al-Qaeda, Ex-GOP House Leader Says in Book

    Tuesday, September 16, 2008; Page A19

    A GOP congressional leader who was wavering on giving President Bush the authority to wage war in late 2002 said Vice President Cheney misled him by saying that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had direct personal ties to al-Qaeda terrorists and was making rapid progress toward a suitcase nuclear weapon, according to a new book by Washington Post investigative reporter Barton Gellman.

    Cheney’s assertions, described by former House majority leader Richard K. Armey (Tex.), came in a highly classified one-on-one briefing in Room H-208, the vice president’s hideaway office in the Capitol. The threat Cheney described went far beyond public statements that have been criticized for relying on “cherry-picked” intelligence of unknown reliability. There was no intelligence to support the vice president’s private assertions, Gellman reports, and they “crossed so far beyond the known universe of fact that they were simply without foundation.”

    Armey had spoken out against the coming war, and his opposition gave cover to Democrats who feared the political costs of appearing to be weak. Armey reversed his position after Cheney told him, he said, that the threat from Iraq was actually ” more imminent than we want to portray to the public at large.”

    Cheney said, according to Armey, that Iraq’s “ability to miniaturize weapons of mass destruction, particularly nuclear,” had been “substantially refined since the first Gulf War,” and would soon result in “packages that could be moved even by ground personnel.” Cheney linked that threat to Hussein’s alleged ties to al-Qaeda, Armey said, explaining that “we now know they have the ability to develop these weapons in a very portable fashion, and they have a delivery system in their relationship with organizations such as al-Qaeda.”

    “Did Dick Cheney . . . purposely tell me things he knew to be untrue?” Armey said. “I seriously feel that may be the case. . . . Had I known or believed then what I believe now, I would have publicly opposed [the war] resolution right to the bitter end, and I believe I might have stopped it from happening.”

    — Jeff Leen



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