“UN extends forces mandate in Iraq”
From Al Jazeera:
The United Nations has extended its mandate for US-led forces in Iraq after the countryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s foreign minister said they were Ã¢â‚¬Å“vitally necessaryÃ¢â‚¬Â for security and regional stability.
Hoshyar Zebari called the UN security councilÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s move Ã¢â‚¬Å“very positive for IraqÃ¢â‚¬Â.
He said all Security Council members understood Ã¢â‚¬Å“what the Iraqi government is facingÃ¢â‚¬Â, illustrated by the bombing of SamarraÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Askariya shrine on Wednesday by Ã¢â‚¬Å“terrorists Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ seek to destroy the fabric of Iraqi societyÃ¢â‚¬Â.
The resolution adopted by the Security Council last year, which extended the mandate of the multinational force for one year starting on December 31, authorised a review of the mandate by June 15.
At an open council meeting, Zebari said that despite IraqÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s daily violence, Ã¢â‚¬Å“the government has made tremendous strides toward the day when security will be provided by a self-sufficient, Iraqi national security forceÃ¢â‚¬Â.
He said: Ã¢â‚¬Å“While Iraqis will always be grateful for their liberation from an absolute despot, no Iraqi government official – indeed, no Iraqi citizen – wants the presence of foreign troops on Iraqi soil one day longer than is vitally necessary.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“But today, and for the foreseeable months at least, the presence of [foreign] troops is vitally necessary not only for Iraq but also to safeguard regional security and stability.Ã¢â‚¬Â
How sad is it when the frickin’ UN is more convinced of the necessity of a US force presence in Iraq than our own Democratic leaders in Congress?
Don’t answer that. I’m depressed enough as it is.
Up is down. Black is white. Madame is Wayland…
(h/t Sweetness and Light)