The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

U.S. Patrol Duty Over ... NOT!

Aug 3, 2009

U.S. troops continue to patrol the Iraqi city of Mosul, according to a BBC news video from July 26.

But didn’t the Obama administration announce a month ago that the U.S. had pulled its troops out of Iraqi cities? Weren’t Iraqi police and army supposed to maintain order in their own cities?

Not in Mosul, apparently. And for a good reason. Right now, armies of the regional Kurdish leaders and the Shiite-led central government regularly fight in and around this large city in Iraq’s northern oil region.

And such rivalries between separate armed groups certainly exist in other parts of Iraq. No wonder the U.S. has kept 130,000 troops in Iraq, despite grandiose declarations about a “pullout”!

Thanks to the divisions sown by the U.S. occupation, no end is in sight to the bloody civil war in Iraq. Nor is an end in sight to casualties of war, both Iraqi and American.