The 21st Century Phenomenon






The USA has disagreed with Iraqi assertions that July 2010 was the deadliest month there for more than two years, according to numbers released on 08/02/2010.


USA army is set to withdrawal all combat units by the end of 08/2010 and to leave behind some 50,000 technologic aliments, trainer and support units for the Iraqi army, in full accordance with IRAQ-US DEAL from 11/16/2008, signed during Bush’s administration, which explain the dispute over Iraqi civilian casualties last month. USA has the interest to show progress and that the time is right to leave the country while Iraq is in a political deadlock with fears from renewed ethnic violence (see – Verge of Chaos).


According to the USA military, 222 Iraqis died in July – fewer than half the 535 Baghdad says lost their lives. The US released its own figures after Baghdad’s information prompted concern that insurgents are exploiting a post-election power vacuum. Insurgent attacks have increased amid failure to form a government since inconclusive elections, on 03/07/2010 (see – IRAQ’S RESULTS).


Sunni, Shiaa and Kurdish factions that won most seats are still bickering over who should be the next prime minister (see -ETHNIC IRAQ).


The USA offered no full explanation as to why its casualty figures differed so markedly from those issues by the Iraqi authorities. As well as a higher death toll – 535 compared with 222 – the Iraqi figures also suggested more than 1,000 Iraqis were injured during July 2010. The US, in contrast, said 782 were hurt.”The claim that July 2010 was the deadliest month in Iraq since May 2008 is incorrect,” a USA military statement noted.


Also on Sunday, one of the main Shiaa blocs rejected Nuri al-Maliki’s claim to a second term as prime minister, saying it would pull out of coalition talks until his party nominated a new candidate (see also – IRAQ’S 4 Tests).


The Iraqi National Alliance (INA) came third in March’s polls, and had merged with Nuri al-Maliki’s second-placed State of Law bloc in June. Under the new name, National Alliance, it has a total of 159 seats in the new 325-seat parliament, four short of a majority.



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