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June 27, 2011

The Syrian-Iranian pressure on the U.S. in Iraq

June 27, 2011

June 27, 2011

Having covered Iraq for most of my journalism and acadamic career, I would be less hesitant to say that I see an Iranian-Syrian coordination on increasing the pressure on the United States for some sort of deal in the post Arab revolutions era. The Syrians want less accountability if not immunity in their brutal crackdown, and of course dismantling the Hariri tribunal. The Iranians would like to see more leverage for their Middle Eastern policy.

"Two American soldiers were killed Sunday in Iraq, the military command said, making June the worst month in combat-related fatalities for United States forces in Iraq in more than two years. The casualties also reflected the dangers ahead as the United States prepares to withdraw all its troops from Iraq by the end of the year".


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