Maliki: Don't Worry America, Iraq Is Grateful
Iraqi prime minister writes op-ed in Washington Post
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 9, 2013 12:30 PM CDT
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right meets with Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Baghdad, Iraq, March 24, 2013.   (AP Photo/Jason Reed, Pool)

(Newser) – It's been 10 years since Saddam Hussein's fall, and Nouri al-Maliki is using the occasion to set the record straight on US-Iraqi relations. In an op-ed in today's Washington Post, the Iraqi prime minister assures Americans that Iraq is a "sovereign partner" for the US, and "will remain grateful for ... the losses sustained by military and civilian personnel." But he also points out that "these losses pale by comparison, of course, to those sustained by the Iraqi people" and that "partners do not always agree."

Maliki then lays out two potentially thorny Iraqi positions: It wants a stable, cooperative relationship with Iran, and doesn't support arming Syria's rebels. "We have been mystified by what appears to be the widespread belief in the United States" that ousting Bashar al-Assad is all-important, he writes, warning that, as in the Afghan-Soviet conflict, US intervention could lead to "a Syria controlled in whole or part by al-Qaeda." Still, he believes the US-Iraq relationship can remain strong. "The United States has not 'lost' Iraq," but instead found a partner for "the promotion of peace and democracy." Click for the full column.

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Apr 10, 2013 7:30 PM CDT
savages for ever! they hate the infidel!!!!!
Apr 10, 2013 9:33 AM CDT
TRUTH BE TOLD ...... The great President George W. Bush did what he promised; .. He defeated the Iraq army, and brought "freedom" to Iraq. PROOF .. that Iraq is free .. is all the violence that happens since they gained their freedom. --- Saddam would never had allowed the violence and killings going on today, unless he and his sons were doing it. VIOLENCE .. and killings by citizens are common place occurrence's in a "free" society, like in America .. where over 14,500 homicides occur every year. Yea, in communist and dictator controlled countries, the government commits the violence and killings .. but .. in a free country, the free citizens commit the violence and killings. -------------------------------------------- REALLY
Apr 10, 2013 6:51 AM CDT
The problem is: We yankees don´t know when to go home !!!!