Responding to Sean Matgamna’s dicussion piece in Solidarity 3/136, “What if Israel bombs Iran”.
Nadia Mahmood of the Worker-communist Party of Iraq discussed current developments in Iraq with Martin Thomas from Solidarity
The USA's attempt to get a "State of Forces Agreement" that would give the US military open-ended powers as a virtual parallel government in Iraq has failed. Negotiations between the USA and the Iraqi government are now around formulas which call for US troops to be out of Iraq's cities by June next year - there are currently 16,000 within Baghdad, for example - and all US combat forces to be out of Iraq by 2011.
According to the International Herald Tribune, the US government has agreed a schedule to withdraw troops from Iraq.
The USA has admitted defeat, for now, in its attempt to impose a “State of Forces Agreement” which would give the US military the powers of a parallel government in Iraq for many years to come.
The “First International Labour Conference in Iraq”, called by a range of Iraqi trade-union organisations for February 2009 in Erbil (in Kurdish northern Iraq), has won support from Australian and US union organisations.
On 9 August thirteen refugees from Iraqi Kurdistan began a hunger strike at Campsfield detention centre with this statement: "[The British state is] trying to deport us to the most dangerous country in the world. We want people to listen to us. It is better to be dead than to return to Iraq."
SUNDAY BEFORE WAR
Whitechapel, East London 13-1-'91.
Rattling, clatt'ring, reverberating echoes roar
And bounce along the streets outside the hospital,
The USA has admitted defeat, for now, in its attempt to impose a "State of Forces Agreement" which would give the US military the powers of a parallel government in Iraq for many years to come.
Comment on the web discussion provoked by the Solidarity 1/134 article, Self-determination for Iraq!.