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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

What’s Next In Iraq

Gunmen gather in a street as they chant slogans against Iraq's Shiite-led government and demanding that the Iraqi army not try to enter the city in Fallujah, 40 miles west of Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. Fierce clashes erupted between Iraqi special forces and al-Qaida-linked militants outside Fallujah, a flare-up in a days-long standoff in the Sunni-dominated western province of Anbar, Iraqi officials said. (AP)

Gunmen gather in a street as they chant slogans against Iraq’s Shiite-led government and demanding that the Iraqi army not try to enter the city in Fallujah, 40 miles west of Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. (AP)

Prime minister Nouri al-Maliki today today urged al-Qaida fighters to stop battling, amid a disturbing resurgence of al-Qaeda in western Iraq. Al-Qaida-linked gunmen have overrun the cities of Falluja and Ramadi, freeing prisoners and setting up their own checkpoints.

Fawaz Gerges, a professor of international relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, joins Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti to look at what’s next in the country.

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  • gordon_wagner

    Al-Qaida? Sure. Are we sure it wasn’t the “Viet Cong”? Doesn’t matter. As long as the US has somewhere to send arms. It’s all about our arms manufacturers receiving endless orders to replacement armaments. The bottom line, as it were. The rest is agreed-upon fiction. Gotta love that “Al-Qaida” brush. We need an enemy. We’d be lost without one.

    • jonathanpulliam

      Modern variations on the Vietnam-era U.S. “strategic hamlet” folly abound today. We U.S. taxpayers are on the hook for “single-payer” healthcare for Iraqis since Bush administration. Our leaders are too stupid to notice they’ve been soundly beaten in Afghanistan. Karzai is derided as a “kafir moolie”. Our likeliest next president is a fat-assed post menopausal harridan whose largest obstacle is the human traffic jam himself, Chris Christie. What’s not to like?

  • Robert Thomas

    Whenever I hear “al-Qaida”, I think “Eurasia”, “Eastasia”, “Oceania…”

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