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Iraq Report, 15 Jan/07

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Welcome! Our goal at Winds of Change.NET is to give you one power-packed briefing of insights, news and trends from Iraq that leaves you stimulated, informed, and occasionally amused every Monday. This briefing is brought to you by Joel Gaines of No Pundit Intended and Andrew Olmsted of Andrew Olmsted dot com.

TOP TOPICS

  • President Bush is sticking to his guns with his new plan for Iraqi security despite significant opposition both at home and abroad.
  • The Iraq War has a new front trying to prevent Iran from assisting insurgents and terrorists within Iraq. While the administration says that this front is only intended to prevent Iranian interference in Iraq, there are concerns that it may expand the war into Iran if the U.S. cannot keep Iran out otherwise.

Other Topics Today Include: the insurgency reacts to U.S. plans; conflict over Iranians; increasing reconstruction personnel; Carnival of the Liberated; Gates on the road; Talabani speaks to Syria; Jordanian Sunni says U.S. pouring gas on the fire; UK could be out by year's end; Turkey frustrated over Kurds; Pentagon changes the rules; where is Matt Maupin?

REPORTS FROM THE FIELD

RECONSTRUCTION & THE ECONOMY

IRAQI POLITICS

  • Saddam Hussein's co-defendants were hanged before dawn Monday morning. Both were found guilty for their roles in killed 148 Shiites in retribution for an assassination attempt on Saddam Hussein in 1982. The EU objected to the proceedings, arguing that the hangings have made national reconciliation more difficult by inflaming partisan feeling.

THE INTERNATIONAL STAGE

  • New Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is touring Europe to try to drum up international support for the new U.S. direction in Iraq.
  • The Turkish government is growing frustrated over the U.S.'s failure to clamp down on Kurdish separatist groups striking across the Iraq-Turkey border.

ETCETERA

  • The Pentagon is changing the rules for the reserve component. Where previously a reservist could serve no more than two years involuntarily on active duty, they may now be called up for additional two-year tours after they have completed their first tour.
  • It has been close to three years since SGT Matt Maupin was captured in Iraq, and his family and the Department of Defense still do not know his fate.
  • One of the current Iraq Report compilers, Andrew Olmsted, is heading to Iraq himself. That means we could use a volunteer willing to take on the mission of compiling the Report with Joel Gaines beginning in late February. Please send applications to MondayIraqReport (at) windsofchange (dot) net.
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  • The troops are still there. So is the Winds of Change.NET consolidated directory of ways you can support the troops: American, Australian, British, Canadian & Polish. Anyone out there with more information, contact us!
  • Many American troops have taken it upon themselves to reconstruct schools and gather learning tools for the children of Iraq. Their efforts have been met with immense gratitude from the local Iraqis and their children. You can help too! Visit Operation Iraqi Children and get involved.

Thanks for reading! If you found something here you want to blog about yourself (and we hope you do), all we ask is that you do as we do and offer a Hat Tip hyperlink to today's "Winds of War". If you think we missed something important, use the Comments section to let us know. And if you have a tip for a future Iraq Report, email us at MondayIraqReport(at)windsofchange.net.

2 Comments

Why should we trust or believe in anything that Bush thinks is going to work?
He says that there are things that the Maliki government MUST do. Well what if they don't/can't ?
What are we going to do ?
Go home?

John, the easy answer is because the political opposition has intentionally avoided dealing with the Iraq war in an adult manner, so you are left with the only adult in the room - President Bush.

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