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Friday, June 02, 2006

It's getting sticky with Maliki

The new puppet in Iraq is tugging back on the strings:
Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki lashed out at the American military on Thursday, denouncing what he characterized as habitual attacks by troops against Iraqi civilians.

As outrage over reports that American marines killed 24 Iraqis in the town of Haditha last year continued to shake the new government, the country's senior leaders said that they would demand that American officials turn over their investigative files on the killings and that the Iraqi government would conduct its own inquiry.

In his comments, Mr. Maliki said violence against civilians had become a "daily phenomenon" by many troops in the American-led coalition who "do not respect the Iraqi people."

"They crush them with their vehicles and kill them just on suspicion," he said. "This is completely unacceptable." Attacks on civilians will play a role in future decisions on how long to ask American forces to remain in Iraq, the prime minister added.
Puppet Karzai in Afghanistan made similar noises last year, but was brushed off by W. The Bushies went to a lot of trouble to get Maliki where he is--two wars, sanctions, three sham elections, and then vetoing the results of the last election. After all that, they're not about to listen to him.