What we don’t know about our involvement in Iraq:
- Why did we attack Iraq in the first place?
- What is victory in Iraq?
- What is the course we are staying?
- How do we know if or when we reach our objective?
The U.S. military has lost control over the volatile al-Anbar province, Iraqi police and residents say.
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Despite massive military operations which destroyed most of Fallujah and much of cities like Haditha and al-Qa’im in Ramadi, real control of the city now seems to be in the hands of local resistance.
In losing control of this province, the U.S. would have lost control over much of Iraq.
“We are talking about nearly a third of the area of Iraq,” Ahmed Salman, a historian from Fallujah told IPS. “Al-Anbar borders Jordan, Syria and Saudi Arabia, and the resistance there will never stop as long as there are American soldiers on the ground.”
Salman said the U.S. military is working against itself. “Their actions ruin their goal because they use these huge, violent military operations which kill so many civilians, and make it impossible to calm down the people of al-Anbar.”
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The U.S. forces seem to have no clear policy in the face of the sustained resistance.
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He added: “A contributing factor to the instability of the province is the endless misery of the civilians who live with no services, no infrastructure, random shootings and so many wrongful detentions.”