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From The Socialist newspaper, 11 May 2006
Iraq - the nightmare continues
THE SHOOTING down for the first time of a British military helicopter
over the southern Iraq city of Basra last week, in which five servicemen
were killed, underlines the growing hostility to the occupying forces in
the south of the country.
British troops no longer routinely patrol this Shia heartland but
increasingly move by helicopter to avoid roadside bombs. Three years ago
the "liberating forces" were initially greeted by cheering crowds. Now,
crowds gather to cheer attacks on the British forces.
US and British forces are struggling to contain the largely Sunni
Arab-based insurgency. Yet the Sunni population makes up around 20% of
Iraq, what will happen when the Shia forces are unleashed against the
The rebuilt police force is heavily infiltrated by Islamist groups
such as the Mehdi Army and the Badr Brigade who are terrorising the local
Sunni population. These Shia militias, who according to the occupying
forces are armed by neighbouring Iran, are controlled by Shia religious
parties who form the government of Iraq.
The main growth industry in Iraq is kidnapping. Between five and 30
people are abducted for ransom every day. Often criminal groups
co-operate with insurgents as their victims are sometimes sold and
In the last three months an estimated 100,000 people have fled their
homes to escape sectarian violence between Shia and Sunni militias.
This bleak portrait of a country disintegrating into ethnic civil war
is the responsibility of George Bush and Tony Blair. Instead of a pliant
regime which would provide a platform for policing the Middle East and
providing the world economy with cheap oil, the occupation has turned
into a bloody nightmare for Iraqis and a political quagmire for
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In The Socialist 11 May 2006:
Socialist Party election analysis
Victory for NHS campaign
Huddersfield: voters choose a socialist and a fighter!
Third socialist councillor elected in Coventry
Increased votes for socialism in Lewisham
Stoke - BNP wins close-run election
Excellent results for the Socialist Party
Local elections: A death blow for Blair?
Dangers in Respect's development
Socialist Party NHS campaign
Stop the threats to the NHS
International socialist news and analysis
Female factory workers in Russia start hunger strike
Venezuela: Fight for socialism
Iraq - the nightmare continues
Germany: 'Unity' at the expense of the working class
Morales takes on 'Big Oil'
Socialist Party workplace news
Postal union rejects pay offer
Student union leaders hide truth about lecturers' action
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