Monday, November 28, 2005

U.S. Envoy Warns Early Iraq Withdrawal Could Trigger Wider War

"Nov. 28 (Bloomberg) -- A premature U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq might trigger a regional conflict in the Middle East that could draw in predominately Shiite Iran and Sunni Arab states, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad warns in a television interview.

``A premature withdrawal could cause a bigger war in Iraq and perhaps even in the region with a Shiite-Sunni sectarian war that could bring Iran and other Sunni states on the side of the Sunnis,'' Khalilzad, responding to congressional calls for a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, said in an interview with the ABC News program ``Nightline'' scheduled to air late today.

Khalilzad said such a war could jeopardize regional oil exports and ``destabilize a lot of regions that have a mixed Sunni-Shiite population.''"
Wouldn't it be funny if after all the antiwar hoopla, the US started to pull out and then all our "allies started to cry foul worried about a wider sectarian conflict. You never know maybe if we threatened to unilaterally pull out of the region completely all our "allies" would all of a sudden be more inclined to help. Just a thought.


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