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No Bases, But Remain, Says Iraq To US

The iraq government informed the United States it would require military assistance for at least ten years, but made clear it would not grant the US military bases on an indefinite basis. Ali al-Dabbagh, emphasized, “Of course we need international support. We have security problems. For ten years our army will not be able to defend iraq. I do not think that there is a threat of an invasion of Iraq, or getting involved in a war. But, to protect Iraq’s sovereignty there must be an army to defend Iraq for the next 10 years.” However, when asked about the United States military establishing bases in Iraq, he responded: “There is no Iraqi who would accept the existence of a foreign army in this country. America is America and Iraq is Iraq.”

The people of Iraq are certainly correct that having a long term American presence raises issues concerning their own sovereignty. Unfortunately, asking the United States to remain in Iraq without adequate bases simply will not work out. However, Iraq might consider an alternative approach by asking leading Muslim nations like Turkey, Egypt, Indonesia or Iran to provide military support against internal terrorist groups which probably constitute the greatest threat in the near future. In this way, a Muslim military force can protect a Muslim society and there would not be any need of American troops. The American contribution might be in the form of supplies and equipment.