Jul 1 2009
al-Qaeda in Baghdad slaughters the entire family of a 12-year old because he refused to suicide bomb a local police station. (Gruesome!)
Now that Obama has pulled back the American combat troops, it will get much worse for the Iraqis.
US President Barack Obama’s decision to withdraw US soldiers from Iraqi cities by June 30 has no military justification.
DEBKAfile‘s military sources stress that unresolved tensions among Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds still simmer and may erupt now that 130,000 US troops have withdrawn to 39 rural bases – nowhere near on hand for emergencies in the towns.
A small number remains in the cities to train and advise Iraqi forces, but Baghdad, Basra, Kirkuk and Mosul will be more vulnerable than ever and security in the small towns of Falluja, Ramadi and Baquba may also veer out of control under massive, multi-casualty bombing attacks.
Few really believe that the 650,000-strong Iraqi military is up to maintaining stability or dealing with a serious insurgency or wave of terror. The prime minister has attributed the pre-withdrawal spike in violence, which claimed more than 250 lives this month, to al Qaeda and remnants of the Iraqi Baath insurgents, whereas Gen. Odierno blamed Iran, which he said “is still supporting, funding and training surrogates who operate inside of Iraq. They have not stopped and I don’t think they will stop,” he said.
Iraqi cities, especially Baghdad, have been left wide open to an upsurge of violence expected in the coming weeks. DEBKA