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Iraqi soldiers and social activists are fighting the Terrorists, thanks to the surge PDF Print E-mail
Written by Radio Free Iraq   
Wednesday, 29 August 2007

Walid Phares
Walid Phares

Phares on Radio Free Iraq

In an interview in Arabic on Radio Free Iraq, Mideast expert Walid Phares said the strategic operation in the Greater Baghdad area is on its way for a qualitative success. Dr Phares, a senior fellow with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington said his organization (NGO) has been analyzing the development of the surge and other efforts in Iraq over the past few months. "The reports we've been getting from civil society inside the country and from the Coalition shows that the pressure on the terrorist groups is now coming from a combined efforts generated within the civil society, popular forces, tribes and other elements in addition to daily work by the growing Iraqi forces. The US operation known as "surge" has triggered energies untapped before, which led to the mobilization of many sectors in Iraq. The efforts to isolate al Qaeda -which will take some time- will be paralleled by efforts to contain and isolate the pro-Iranian militias as well. This will allow Shiia moderates to join the heart of the political process." 

Phares, the author of The War of Ideas, told Radio Iraq that the success cannot be measured by the debate within the ruling political class in Baghdad. "For as in Italy or Chile, politics are hot and crisis were frequent. This is a normal transition to a future Iraqi political class, emerging from the post Saddam era. It will take probably a generation or so. Today's advances are bottom up. Iraqi soldiers and social elements are moving forward to defend this emerging democracy from the forces of terror. The measurement is by realizing how opposed most Iraqis are to the establishment of an al Qaeda state, the return of the Baath, or an Iranian like Republic."

August 29, 2007 Radio Free Iraq


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