Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Binocular Snapshot for 9/07/2010

LastDayWatchers remember when Manasseh V.P. Biden said during his last trip to mark the "End of Combat Operations" he believe the Iraqi was close to forming a government (part of the heavy dose of propaganda you need to watch for)

Six months on, little progress in Iraq govt talks

"The March 7 vote produced no clear winner as Iraqis divided their ballots between two main Shi'ite-led blocs, Kurdish parties and a cross-sectarian, secular alliance that promised to look after the interests of minority Sunnis.


Since then, the politicians say they have failed to make clear progress in talks on a coalition government while persistent attacks by insurgents as U.S. troops end combat operations has spread fears of a return to broader violence"


"Government formation is still far away," said Qassim al-Araji, a leader of the Badr Organization and lawmaker of the Iraqi National Alliance, which formed a partnership with State of Law but has refused to back Maliki for a second term.


The political tensions were directly affecting security, said an Iraqiya lawmaker, Kadhim al-Shimmari. "Political tensions are affecting the street and many areas could face sectarian violence, the first being Baghdad," he said.


In the meantime, Iraqis' frustration is growing over the lack of clean water and power. Corruption continues unchecked"

As the curse continues

US military says gunman in Iraqi army uniform kills 2 American soldiers in northern Iraq


"BAGHDAD — The U.S. military says a gunman wearing an Iraqi army uniform has killed two American soldiers in northern Iraq.


A military statement says the Americans were among a group of U.S. soldiers meeting with Iraqi security forces Tuesday at an Iraqi army compound near the city of Tuz Khormato, about 130 miles (210 kilometres) north of Baghdad.
They were the first U.S. military deaths since President Barack Obama declared an end to combat operations on Aug. 31."

Iraq state TV anchor killed

"A prominent Iraqi state television anchorman was shot dead on Tuesday as he was driving in the capital, a colleague told AFP, as a media watchdog reported the conflict has been the most deadly for the media since World War II.


"Riad al-Saray was killed at 6:00 am (0300 GMT) in Mansur district (of west Baghdad) as he was on his way to Karbala,"

And the extensions continue to grow

Blast targeting Pakistan police barracks kills at least 20

"An explosion apparently targeting a police barracks in Pakistan's northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Tuesday left at least 20 people dead, including nine women and two children, a Kohat district government official said"


The blast came hours after a Taliban spokesman announced that the group was responsible for a suicide attack Monday targeting a police station in Lakki Marwat district in the North West Frontier Province that left 17 dead.


Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ihsan Ullah Ihsan told CNN on Tuesday that Pakistani law enforcement agencies, as well as U.S. forces, were enemies of the Taliban"

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"Alarming domestic trends” cannot but affect Syria’s relations with those movements and their primary external backer. Assad’s connection with Iran can and should be broken. It is neither natural nor inevitable. He is a secularist, whereas Ahmadinejad is a millenarian Islamic visionary. He is an Alawite, whereas Hizbullah and their Iranian paymasters are “Twelver” Shiites. He is an Arab, and therefore unlikely to be indifferent to the implications of Iran’s desire to project its power and influence across the Fertile Crescent and all the way to the Mediterranean. If Assad can be won over to the idea of a peace treaty with Israel, in return for Washington’s recognition of the legitimacy of his regime, a key link in Iran’s strategic design will have been broken. Hizbullah cannot function effectively if the lifeline from Damascus is severed."