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It is the death of history

It is the death of history: "2,000-year-old Sumerian cities torn apart and plundered by robbers. The very walls of the mighty Ur of the Chaldees cracking under the strain of massive troop movements, the privatisation of looting as landlords buy up the remaining sites of ancient Mesopotamia to strip them of their artefacts and wealth. The near total destruction of Iraq's historic past – the very cradle of human civilisation – has emerged as one of the most shameful symbols of our disastrous occupation."

Asia Times Online :: Middle East News, Iraq, Iran current affairs

Asia Times Online :: Middle East News, Iraq, Iran current affairs: "The Izzat Douri branch of Ba'ath announced that it is 'more than willing to work with Allawi, because we see him as a nationalist and Iraqi patriot, and not a sectarian figure'. Although its members do not agree with all that he did when serving as prime minister in 2004, 'we have no doubt that he would represent the interests of Iraq, not of Shi'ites, or Sunnis, or any other group', a clear reference to Maliki. More than ever before, Muqtada is proving to be a pragmatic politician who has surpassed all expectations. Who is the mastermind behind his political scheming, however, is unclear, since Muqtada clearly could not formulate strategy and take political initiatives of the sort he is doing without the advice of seasoned statesmen. When he rose to fame in 2004, many speculated that he was a temporary star, a radical cleric wanna-be who would never become a serious player in Iraqi poli…

Insurgent spokesman says Iraq is currently occupied by Iran and U.S. - International Herald Tribune

Insurgent spokesman says Iraq is currently occupied by Iran and U.S. - International Herald TribuneAl-Shammari said it was "impossible for the Iranian Mahdi Army" to come to any agreement with the Sunni insurgents who are "fighting to liberate Iraq from the Americans and the Iranians."

"Iraqi is subjected to two occupations but the more dangerous is the Iranian occupation. If the Americans withdraw from Iraq and the Iranians stay, we will fight them," al-Shammari said.