Envoy Warns of Pullout Horrors

Crocker promises honest assessment of war progress but says effects of withdrawal "way, way worse" than anything we've seen
By J. Kelman,  Newser User
Posted Jul 10, 2007 5:27 AM CDT

(Newser) – US ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker tells the Times that a post-withdrawal scenario in Iraq "exceeds his imagination" —and then goes on to imagine a nearly unmitigated catastrophe. Crocker predicts sectarian murders “by the thousands," a resurgence of Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, and the “complete collapse” of the Iraqi state security forces into balkanized militias.

Iraqi foreign minister Hoshyar Zebari sounded similarly dire warnings of civil war yesterday, potentially one fueled by foreign powers. “In our estimation the danger is huge," he told a press conference in Baghdad, pointing to the buildup of Turkish forces near the Kurdish border. Meanwhile, a growing cadre of Republicans are signaling frustration with the war. (Read more Iraq stories.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.