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US Deems Iraq Highly Important

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TEHRAN, May 12 (ICANA) – Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari has said the United States will withdraw its troops from the Middle Eastern country by the previously agreed end-of-2011 deadline.
Thursday, May 12, 2011 10:55:29 PM
US Deems Iraq Highly Important

In an interview with Press TV, Zayd al-Isa, a Middle East expert from Beirut, offered his thoughts on the issue of the American troops' withdrawal from Iraq. The following is a rush transcript of the interview:

Q: On one hand it is said that the Americans will be leaving by 2012, and on the other hand we know that the largest embassy to ever exist in the world has been built in Iraq, and it is going to have thousands of staff there. If the Americans are really planning on leaving Iraq, why do you think they would have invested so much and built such a facility?

Al-Isa: The geostrategic position of Iraq is simply quite important for the Americans. Its importance is unrivaled. They want to be based there in that sensitive area, particularly after the political earthquake that happened in Egypt and the violent aftershocks that we witness in various places in the Middle East and Arab world.

We have to remember that one of the central pledges of [US President] Obama, when he was a candidate, was that he was going to end the war in Iraq, and that he was simply going to focus all his energy and efforts on al-Qaeda and Taliban in Afghanistan in order for him to destroy and defeat al-Qaeda.

He has managed to get Osama bin Laden, but we must remember that he has accused [former President] Bush of taking his eyes off the ball and sending the forces to Iraq. He has reiterated his pledge again...

What have happened recently are those dramatic changes that happened in the Middle East. There are demands from their (United States) staunchest and major ally -- Saudi Arabia -- that American forces should not withdraw. And we have to remember that [US Secretary of Defense Robert] Gates met the Saudi king 24 hours before he arrived in Baghdad, and his visit was followed by numerous American officials in order to exert intense, unprecedented pressure on the Iraqi government and on [Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri] al-Maliki to ask and require ... the Americans to stay in Iraq.

Q: We know that the American embassy had been built in Iraq even prior to the revolutions in the region. With the amount of money spent for that embassy, do you not think that plans were already made that the United States would not leave Iraq?

Al-Isa: They want to have a huge foothold in Iraq. That is beyond a shadow of doubt. They want to maintain huge presence in Iraq under the pretext and excuse of providing enough security for their huge embassy in Iraq. That is absolutely true.

But circumstances have now changed. We have seen that, close to the American elections, the Republicans do not want to see Obama fulfill his pledge. That is why we must remember that Gates, who is one of the staunchest allies of Saudi Arabia, sees Iraq as the jewel in the crown of the Republicans. They do not want to let go of that. They consider it to be an achievement.

I do believe that Obama will be under intense pressure by the American people. We have seen in this war and also the war in Afghanistan that the American forces have been overwhelmed.

Q: How likely are we to see an escalation of violence in Iraq as the situation is unstable and the Americans are trying to get the Iraqis to agree for them to extend their stay. What do you see in the near future for Iraq?

Al-Isa: I have recently written an article which basically focuses on this issue. We have to remember that there are three parties that are vehemently opposed to an American withdrawal: Saudi Arabia, al-Qaeda and the Baath.

Each time there is an American withdrawal, it has been preceded by a dramatic surge in violence; by stepping up of attacks in order to deter the Americans from withdrawing and convince them that the Iraqi security forces are not up to the task, because they know well that an American withdrawal would be an outright victory to the democratic process in Iraq, but a failure of Americans to withdraw and stick to the timetable would be a huge setback and they will say we have been vindicated; without American forces on the ground the whole political process and the whole democratic system will simply crumble and fall apart.

The al-Qaeda does not want to see a transfer of American forces to Afghanistan to intensify the pressure on the al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan. They also do not want to lose the presence of American boots on the ground.

The Baathists think that the only way they can regain power is through the American presence.

The Saudis do not want to see the removal of the American forces, because they have continuously called Iraq “occupied democracy” and “occupied election.” They want to convince their people who are desperate for democracy that democracy will never work in the Arab world and it could ultimately lead to chaos, bloodshed and mayhem.

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