US sinks deeper into Sunni-Shi’ite struggle

By Gareth Porter 

WASHINGTON – When United States troops and Apache helicopters joined Iraqi forces in putting down an uprising by Sunni “Sons of Iraq” militiamen in central Baghdad last weekend, it was a preview of the kind of combat the US military is likely to see increasingly over the next three years unless a policy decision is made in Washington to avoid it. 

Although the arrest of a Sunni Awakening Council leader and seven of his deputies that triggered the uprising was spun both by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and by the US command as an anti-terrorism issue rather than sectarian repression, it was in fact part of the long-term struggle for power between the Shi’ite-dominated government of Iraq and Sunnis who have been disenfranchised. 

Sunday’s battle in Fadhil was a warning signal that the US command has allowed itself to be drawn into a campaign by Maliki to pick off individual commanders of the Sunni neighborhood security groups made up of former insurgents. The detention of a popular Sunni commander there may have touched off a process of sending a large proportion of the Sunni Awakening Councils movement, which is supposed to be on the government payroll, back into underground insurgency.  read on

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One response to “US sinks deeper into Sunni-Shi’ite struggle

  1. “the US command has allowed itself to be drawn into a campaign by Maliki? ” Wait a minute..
    Let’s stop and re-affirm that the US is responsible for whatever happens in Iraq, they are the occupying power who under cover of lies and deceipt fabricated reasons to illegally invade Iraq. They destroyed/carpet bombed its infrastructure with illegal ordinance- looted the country and privateized anything of value and created/constructed the sectarian violence that turned the country into a killing-field. They kidnapped then tortured and murdered over a million of it’s citizens and displaced millions more. The US has no intent to leave and is no innocent bystander but a morally retarted imperialistic power blinded by greed and cruelty who believes it owns the world. All these American war criminals should be imprisoned awaiting hanging!

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