Talabani lashes out at US policy in Iraq

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said the US-led invasion of his country four years ago had turned into an occupation with dire consequences for Iraq.

Talabani lashes out at US policy in Iraq

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said on Thursday that the US-led invasion ofhis country four years ago had turned into an occupation with dire consequencesfor Iraq.

Talabani, a member of the Kurdish minority, which has been largely insulatedfrom the violence and devastation visited on other parts of the country sinceSaddam Hussein fell, was addressing the Arab summit in the Saudi capital.

"The decision to turn the liberation of Iraq into an occupation withthe dire consequences this had internally and the fears (it aroused) in Arab,regional and international arenas, all this was contrary to what Iraqi partiesand national forces were planning at the time," he said.

"This applies equally to many hasty decisions and measures taken by theoccupation's civil administration without understanding the Iraqis' point ofview and the consequences they had on the situation in the country and thepolitical process as a whole," he said.

"The policies pursued in the wake of the overthrow of the formerregime, and the weakness of the international response to the will of thepolitical forces who rallied to rebuild the new Iraq, stymied our early questto broaden popular participation in order to ... establish security andstability and confront the challenges of sabotage, chaos and terrorism asquickly as possible and with the least human and material losses."

Talabani did not spell out the mistakes he was referring to, but the US-runcivil administration installed after Saddam's fall has been widely criticizedfor taking decisions that have made the situation worse.

Particularly were the disbanding of the Saddam regime's army and the banningof the former dictator's Baath party.

That left tens of thousands of military personnel and civilian officials andbureaucrats without jobs, fueling an insurgency among the minority Sunnicommunity from which most of them came.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16
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