Archive for the ‘Diyala’ Category

In Baghdad: A Nation Displaced

October 15, 2007

By James Palmer
The Washington Times
October 15, 2007

BAGHDAD — A girl with dark, mournful eyes wears pink sandals and a white dress as she carries an empty bucket down a dusty path. The bright colors stand out against the monochrome backdrop of one-room cinder-block huts nearby.

A study released last month by the Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS) said nearly 2 million displaced citizens — most of them women and children — are now scattered across the country, and many of them head for Baghdad.

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Hope yet for Iraq?

October 13, 2007

Victor Davis Hanson
The Washington Times
October 13, 2007

Iraq for most Americans is now a toxic subject — best either ignored or largely evoked to blame someone for something in the past.

Any visitor to Iraq can see that the American military cannot be defeated there, but also is puzzled over exactly how we could win — victory being defined as fostering a stable Iraqi constitutional state analogous to, say, Turkey.

But war is never static. Over the last 90 days, there has been newfound optimism, as Iraqis are at last stepping forward to help Americans secure their country.

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The Partitioning of Iraq

September 7, 2007

By Charles Krauthammer
The Washington Post
Friday, September 7, 2007; Page A21

Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres.

— Caesar

It took political Washington a good six months to catch up to the fact that something significant was happening in Iraq’s Anbar province, where the former-insurgent Sunni tribes switched sides and joined the fight against al-Qaeda. Not surprisingly, Washington has not yet caught up to the next reality: Iraq is being partitioned — and, like everything else in Iraq today, it is happening from the ground up.

1. The Sunni provinces. The essence of our deal with the Anbar tribes and those in Diyala, Salahuddin and elsewhere is this: You end the insurgency and drive out al-Qaeda, and we assist you in arming and policing yourselves. We’d like you to have an official relationship with the Maliki government, but we’re not waiting on Baghdad.

2. The Shiite south. This week the British ….

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06/AR2007090602270.html