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Speaking in pre-surge Iraq
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, January 25, 2007

Members of the Iraqi government are beginning to speak out about the plan which is being supported by the US surge:
A new security plan for Baghdad aimed at clearing the streets of all militias and insurgents will be "100 per cent Iraqi," with the US military in a supportive role, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki insisted Thursday.

Al-Maliki told the Iraqi parliament that it was the first time an operation of this size would be under Iraqi command. "The role of the US-led coalition forces would be "backing the Iraqi forces," he said.

According to al-Maliki, the new plan to disarm all insurgents and militias was not directed towards any specific Iraqi group as it "neither targets Shiites nor Sunnis," but was aimed at "all outlaws."
If true the question will then be what defines an outlaw and who gets to do the defining? But I understand why he's making the point that way. The idea is to avoid showing favoritism or targeting a particular sect.

There is some real and apparent interest in this plan among the parliament:
The new security plan is due to come into operation in February. Around 200 out of 275 Iraqi parliamentary members attended the sitting for al-Maliki's speech. Absenteeism tends to be high as members are afraid of attacks and there are often as few as 150 in attendance.
Iraq's VP articulated the obvious, but key point:
Also on Thursday, Adil Abdul Mahdi, Iraqi Vice-President said at the World Economic Forum meeting, that he believed in bringing more Iraqi troops to Baghdad. "If we can win this war in Baghdad, we can change the course of events," he said.

So I hope it is indeed an all Iraqi plan, I hope we only back them up, I hope they're successful in corralling the "outlaws" and bringing peace, calm and improvements to those targeted neighborhoods.

IOW, I hope that the Iraqis do everything they say they're going to do and win the upcoming battle of Baghdad. Yes, I hope the surge succeeds.

But ... we shall see.
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