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Out of Iraq

On 19/8/2010 last American combat unit left Iraq. Around 50,000 American troops remain in Iraq “to advise and assist” Iraqis.

After seven years and five months of American military presence Iraq is worse than before. American invasion resulted in unnecessary deaths. Christians are targets in many parts of Iraq. Women have less freedom in many parts of Iraq. There is shortage of electricity and water. Corruption is rampant and in some cases 95% of the money has disappeared. Bomb explosions take place in Iraq.

American soldiers abused Iraqi prisoners. Abu Ghraib was one instance of abuse. Some soldiers were punished for abuses but not proportionately.

Some blame faulty intelligence reports for invasion of Iraq but forget or overlook the fact that intelligence agencies prepare or fabricate reports according to the needs of their masters.

When George Bush visited Iraq for the last time an Iraqi journalist threw shoes at him. It began a trend.

Five months after election no government has been formed in Iraq. Instead of democracy there is anarchy. It would have been better if Iraqis had opted for presidential system.

By 2008 Iraqi occupation had become unpopular in USA and Barack Obama’s opposition to war was a major reason for his victory in presidential election.

American military industrialists and contractors made lot of money. Americans have left Iraq worse than before.

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