Iraq formally returns to Self-Rule 2 days early

  1. Iraq Formally Returns to Self-Rule Two Days Early

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    By Alistair Lyon and Lin Noueihed

    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The United States handed sovereignty to an interim Iraqi government two days earlier than expected Monday, aiming to forestall guerrilla attacks with a surprise ceremony formally ending 14 months of occupation.

    entire article: http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmp...nm/iraq_dc_148

    Great news...woohoo, let's pray or hope everything goes well

    mkue
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  2. 50 Comments

  3. by   julieftRN
    I know, I heard this morning. Great news and congrats to our soliders, Pres. Bush, and Tony Blair!!
  4. by   pickledpepperRN
    I am hoping and praying this is the beginning of less violence and fewer US soldiers in the area.

    My opinion is that violence may have been prevented by the United States handing sovereignty to an interim Iraqi government two days earlier than expected.
  5. by   SharonH, RN
    Well congratulations to Iraq and good luck to them. Thousands dead, their country trashed and billions of American dollars spent. I hope their first order of business is to kick out our troops so my 3 cousins currently serving over there can COME HOME SAFELY.
  6. by   movealong
    I'm happy to see it. June 30th was picked randomly, so there wasn't a great deal of importance to it, other than the problems that might surfaced if we had pushed the date back.

    I hope it is truly stable enough. I disagreed with starting this war, but once there we had obligations to fulfill to the people of Iraq. I hope we do fulfill them.
  7. by   Mkue
    Heard this AM that some reporters including Dan Rather and Peter Jennings were upset that they weren't the first to report the early turnover story. Reporters evidently were given 30 min. notice and weren't allowed to carry cell phones into the room..
  8. by   donmurray
    With the Coalition troops outside their control, the infrastructure repairs subcontracted through KBR, the police awaiting training from NATO, Saddam still under American guard, and oil exports stopped by two well-placed (for the opposition) bombs, what exactly are the Iraqi "government" self-ruling?
  9. by   julieftRN
    Quote from donmurray
    With the Coalition troops outside their control, the infrastructure repairs subcontracted through KBR, the police awaiting training from NATO, Saddam still under American guard, and oil exports stopped by two well-placed (for the opposition) bombs, what exactly are the Iraqi "government" self-ruling?
    Ya know, it is so funny because this was such a BIG ISSUE with liberals when it was supposed to happen on the 30th. And if it didnt happen then, we would have heard complaint after complaint about Bush not being able to give them back their soviernty. So, really, what in the world do you want them to do? We gave it back to them 2 days earlier than expected. They have all control over their country. We are there to help out when needed. The iraqi people will listen to their own government and not our troops. Sadaam has been turned over to them to go ahead with trial although we have him in our custody, because lets face it, they dont have the man power to keep him secure right now. We do with him what they say. And I am not sure about the oil fields being secured by bombs, but maybe that is because people keep setting them on fire. Where exactly did you get that information?
  10. by   donmurray
    What do they have sovereignty over?
    All of Iraq's oil for export goes through two pipelines, both of which were bombed last week. It was on the news.
  11. by   julieftRN
    Quote from donmurray
    What do they have sovereignty over?
    All of Iraq's oil for export goes through two pipelines, both of which were bombed last week. It was on the news.
    Bombed by who, us?
  12. by   donmurray
    No. Baathist Turrists.
  13. by   julieftRN
    Quote from donmurray
    No. Baathist Turrists.
    Ok, so how is that our fault? We cant prevent everything.
  14. by   Groovydogg
    it's obvious that we should have expected everything. Forget the fact that Sadaam had and used WMD, forget the fact that Sadaam did have repeated contacts with Al quida, forget the fact that sadaam was planning attacks on USA soil, forget the fact that sadaam was giving sanctuary to the original bombers of the WTC. Forget all that, Iraqi museums were looted and they are paying way too much for gas. It was all a failure. Now they have control over every aspect of their lives except to actions of the army who liberated them? And that army is leaving soon? if I were them the first thing I would do with my new found freedom is be pissed off!

    Do not stop an army on it's way home
    Sun Tzu

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