Hundreds of U.S. Contractors Detained in Iraq

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The Post is reporting that there are three departments of the Iraqi government — defense, internal security and transportation — vying for control of the more than 90,000 foreign contractors in Iraq. It is not a coincidence that the defense ministry is currently headed by a Sunni and interior by a Shiite, although there are negotiations under way to appoint new ministers to those two vital departments. The sectarian split in Iraq is growing as the Maliki government is seeking to consolidate its power and his coalition partners — including Ayad Allawi, the former prime minister and head of the party that received the most votes in the 2010 elections — warns of “a political process which is not inclusive, [that] can only destroy the future of this country.”

Allawi told CNN, “Sectarianism is coming back in force in this country. I think that Iraq is passing through the most dangerous phase through its history now.” He says that the US has a moral obligation to use its diplomatic influence to bring “sanity” back to Iraq.

Allawi backed out of the power sharing deal with Maliki when the prime minister refused to accord his Iraqi National Movement the number and importance of ministries commensurate with his narrow victory at the polls. Since then, Maliki has been running roughshod over the minority Sunni and Kurdish parties who are part of his coalition, leading eventually to charging his Sunni vice president, Tarez al-Hashemi, with heading up a death squad during the civil war and after. Hashemi fled to Kurdistan and there has been a standoff ever since as the Kurds refuse to turn him over to Maliki despite an Iraqi court order that they do so. (Iraqi courts are largely controlled by the Shiites.)

The Sunnis have begun pushing back. On Monday, Deputy Prime Minister Saleh Al Mutlaq called on Maliki to resign, saying he was turning Iraq into a “dictatorship.” In an interview with Gulf News, Al Mutlaq said, “The longer Al Maliki stays in power, the higher the possibility of a divided Iraq.” Mutlaq’s Sunni backed party has been boycotting parliament and cabinet meetings in protest of what he says are Maliki’s efforts “to consolidate power, particularly over state security forces.”

It is no accident that Maliki’s strong arm tactics began almost before the last American vehicle had left Iraqi soil last month. President Obama’s precipitous withdrawal from Iraq may be politically popular at home, but it is turning into a disaster for the Iraqis.

That fact is borne out by Al-Qaeda in Iraq apparently being rejuvenated by the departure of American troops. They have resumed mass casualty terrorist attacks that have killed more than 200 Iraqis — mostly Shiites — in the last month. Over the weekend, 53 Shiite pilgrims were killed by a car bomb in Basra. On Sunday, an apparent attempt by Sunni insurgents to affect the release of some prisoners resulted in 18 people killed, including the attackers, at a jail near Ramadi. And on Monday, 11 Iraqis were killed outside of Mosul in another sectarian-inspired attack.

Also on Monday, three other attacks killed 4 and injured dozens. Not all the attacks are thought to be carried out by al-Qaeda. But the political situation is having an effect on what’s happening on the ground in Iraq as sectarian tensions skyrocket and the fragile fabric of Iraq’s political culture unravels.

The crisis appears to be beyond the ability — and the desire – of Prime Minister Maliki to solve. An attempt is being made to get multi-party negotiations going again but there is no sign that Maliki will share power with the Sunnis and Kurds in any meaningful way. The more intransigent he becomes, the more distrust he sows with other political blocs who are more and more disenfranchised with each passing day.

The possibility that Iraq will fly apart at the seams with Kurds, Sunnis, and Shiites forming their own autonomous regions has perhaps never been greater. The real danger is if Iraq were divided, the weakness of its separate parts would invite al-Qaeda to set up shop and Iran to further dominate the Shiites. This would present a brand new set of strategic problems for the United States and our friends in the region, and cause untold suffering and bloodshed for the Iraqi people.

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  • Gunner57

    "our friends in the region".

    What friends?

  • Brujo Blanco

    Is the State Department going to do anything? I have worked overseas in an official capacity and the State Department runs hot and cold on such issues.

  • BLJ

    Arabs are ingrates. Always have been, always will be. If the contractors are counting on help coming from Comrade O or Hillary they are s.o.l.

  • tanstaafl

    Before we came, it was a cesspool. Nothing has changed. Why is any American with an IQ bigger than their shoe size still in Iraq?

    • ZORRO


  • mrbean

    Did you expect anything else but chaos in foreign affairs from having a clandestine Muslim Alinskylite Malotto in the oval office and a post menopausal anti semite Alinskylite hag as Secretary of State?

    • winoceros

      How dare you.

      It's mulatto. :)

      • mrbean

        Okay dat dude wit dah africoon fawdder un dah white wigger mammy/

        • winoceros

          Oh my. Didn't think we had to go there….

  • jacob

    Are said contractors expecting any action from the most useless US govmt.
    dependency ARABISTS, same dependency whose clerks at its consulates
    in Isarel are ARABS ????

    Besides, knowing the turf, would it be due to "BACKSHEESH" in action ????

    Because what surely looks like bottom line, is that what we ended up doing,
    was replacing Saddam Hussein with MALIKI…..

  • winoceros

    The US must keep Sunnis in power if they're not going to turn the whole thing into glass. It's the only counterbalance on Iran we'd have in the immediate area.

  • Dispozadaburka

    This chaos is exactly what the State Department and Obama want.
    Muslim Day of Prayer on the mall "for the soul of America" wasn't a act of peace.
    It was a sign of surrender. 9/2009
    That's why they have turned against all of our allies.
    They want the muslim brotherhood to rule, everywhere.
    New World Order needs a New World Religion.
    Smoke and mirrors, the devil is in the details…

  • ASG

    Funny how as soon as we left Viet Nam, basicly the same thing happened. History has tendencies to repeat itself, which is exactly why Obama's push to Socialism will end the same way it always does.

    I wonder if Ron Paul is paying attention???? (crickets)

  • Iron Yank

    Obama could care less if these Americans rot in Iraqi detention centers, after all these are just greedy capitalists right? If anyone had a brain they would get out of this *hit stain of a country while they still can with there head attached. Then lets send the B-52's in and fix things permanently.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    The “impact” is that it has brought much of the transition and reconstruction work to a standstill.

    Good…reconstruction work in Iraq is actually counterproductive. We should be seeking to render our eternal enemies in Iraq and Afghanistan into poverty and not seeking to lift them up. Indeed, both fantasy based nation-building missions were founded on false PC multicultural myths and misconceptions about Islam, which inevitably preordained them into becoming the two biggest strategic blunders ever in American history. Apparently, some people at this point are still so blinded by false PC multiculturalism myths and misconceptions about Islam that they still can't recognize a disaster even when it is happening all around them. Amazing.

    President Obama’s precipitous withdrawal from Iraq may be politically popular at home, but it is turning into a disaster for the Iraqis.

    It's going to inevitably turn into a disaster no matter how long we stay and no matter how many more American lives we also sacrifice for nothing. The same thing will also inevitably happen in Afghanistan. Indeed, we have been in effect literally propping up our enemies since the very beginning. Like I said everything was based on false PC multicultural myths and misconceptions about Islam and when you build a foundation based on falsehoods and misconceptions, you have nothing but a gigantic fiasco. And that is exactly what we ended up with in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    I know, I know….it's hard to believe that our Defense Department can be so incompetent, but that's what happens when you transform an organization that once was merit based into an organization that is now diversity based. Hence, the best and the brightest have long since retired from the military and only the loons are left minding the asylum. Apparently, a lot of people still haven't figured that out yet.

  • 9-11 Infidel

    Why anyone wants to help the Iranian tool Maliki is beyond stupid. Oh wait the bolsheviks have taken over the US government; which has allied itself with the jihadi women-beating swine. Time to leave the Iraqis to their own devices. Same for Karzai and his corrupto-ratz in A-Stan. Either get rid of the Bolskeviks in our government and develop a Sun Tzu strategy for the ME, or stop playing whack-a-mole and get the eff out.
    Oh wait, the foxes (Jihadis) are already in the hen house. Never mind.

  • tagalog

    Why is it true that “The Embassy’s ability to respond to situations in which U.S. citizens are arrested or otherwise detained throughout Iraq is limited, including in and around Baghdad”? We still have aircraft carriers in the region, don't we? We have enough airplanes to send them on flyovers to Baghdad, don't we? We can load them with bombs, rockets, and napalm, can't we? Are we afraid of something? I mean, the Iraq government is having trouble resisting al-Qaeda, aren't they? I bet if we took over the airport again and sent in a battalion or two of Marines, they'd reconsider their hardline stance, don't you think?

  • Alraunie

    Regression to the mean for both Iraq and America.

  • Indioviejo

    Our policy should be to encourage Iraq's breakup into the three natural states, Sunni, Kurdistan, and Shiite they were meant to be. After the separation they will still be at odds with everyone, but this is what Muslims do anyway. A big gain for us will be the formation of Kurdistan from parts of Iran, Iraq, Syria, and above all, Turkey. Let them follow their natural inclination.