Despite Obama's Vow, Combat Brigades Will Stay in Iraq

Change... What Change?

By Gareth Porter

Despite President Barack Obama's statement at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina Feb. 27 that he had "chosen a timeline that will remove our combat brigades over the next 18 months," a number of Brigade Combat Teams (BCTs), which have been the basic U.S. Army combat unit in Iraq for six years, will remain in Iraq after that date under a new non-combat label.

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Welcome to Pipelineistan

By Pepe Escobar

Our good ol' friend the nonsensical "global war on terror", which the Pentagon has slyly rebranded "the Long War", sports a far more important, if half-hidden, twin - a global energy war. I like to think of it as the Liquid War, because its bloodstream is the pipelines that crisscross the potential imperial battlefields of the planet.

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US general: American forces may not leave key Iraqi cities

The top US ground commander in Iraq says that while Iraqi forces have made huge strides, Iraqi officials are likely to ask for US help in the key cities of Baquba and Mosul, meaning that American troops may stay there after the deadline for redeployment to major bases. Senior military commanders say US troops will also likely stay on in the southern city of Basra.

//www.csmonitor.com/2009/0327/p01s02-wome.html



Iraq: Poor sell kidneys just to survive

Despite Iraq's massive wealth - it has among the largest oil reserves in the world - poverty is rife. A 2007 study by the United Nations found one-third of Iraqis lived in poverty, with five per cent of the population in extreme poverty.

//www.thenational.ae/article/20090327/FOREIGN/967836593/1011/NEWS


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