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The West blamed for lack of security in Iraq

07-25-2012 15:46 BJT

By Zhu Dongyang

BEIJING, July 25 (Xinhua)-- A barrage of brutal attacks has rocked Iraqi cities in recent days, leaving at least 300 people dead or wounded. Critics say the new round of bloodshed, with the hallmarks of terrorist assaults, should be blamed on the West.

The West-backed war against Saddam Hussein was wrapped up years ago. However, the oil-rich country is still confronted with frequent attacks that have claimed many innocent lives, despite a short-lived improvement in the security situation that paved the way for the withdrawal of U.S. troops in 2011.

Analysts say the U.S. pullout was done hastily, thus creating a considerable power and security vacuum ripe for exploitation by terrorist groups.

Ironically, al Qaida, which had little influence in the area before the U.S. military action in 2003, has developed robustly since Saddam was toppled, with the terrorists linking up with local rebels against the West.

However, the Iraqi government, beset with ongoing sectarian rifts, is not in a strong position to bring the situation under control.

Civilian's deaths, homelessness and escalating sectarian divisions, the aftermath of the Western invasion of Iraq in 2003, have bred the revival of terrorism in Iraq.

The growing violence in Iraq is also closely linked to the recent waves of unrest in its neighbors, unrest that is becoming more volatile with Western intervention.

Sheikh Sabah, a political science professor at the University of Baghdad, said Washington would be sorry to see terrorists from North African countries regaining strategic posts in the region. Al Qaida, which had managed to infiltrate Iraq after the government was overthrown, hoped to see the establishment of a more extreme administration there.

There is already evidence some Iraqi militants have crossed the border into Syria to exploit that country's turmoil and the Iraqi government has expressed concern those militants, having obtained weapons and financial aid from foreign countries in Syria, will return to destabilize their own country.

An official from Iraq's Interior Ministry, who refused to be named, told Xinhua in an earlier interview the recent attacks in his country bore the hallmarks of al Qaida, "which is trying to send a message that it is still strong and capable of choosing the right time and the right place to launch its attacks."

Analysts believe political dialogue and national reconciliation without foreign interference is the ultimate solution to the internal crisis in Middle East countries.


Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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