Friday, July 18, 2008

Iraq's Comment On Obama Visit To Iraq

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080718/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq_obama_voices

By The Associated Press
Fri Jul 18, 1:37 PM ET

Some comments from around Iraq on Sen. Barack Obama's expected visit:

"We are worried that he might win the presidency and pull out (American) forces because chaos would prevail in Iraq and militias would return." — Mohammed Abbas, 19, Shiite primary school teacher in southern city of Hillah.

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"We hope Obama will fulfill his promise of pulling out American forces if he wins the election. If he is sincere with this pledge, we hope he wins." — Hussein Jassim, 35, Shiite laborer in the Baghdad neighborhood of Sadr City.

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"I wish God would inspire Obama to do something in the interest of the Iraqi people." — Harith Abdullah, 52, Sunni engineer in Baghdad.

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"I think that after visiting Iraq, Obama will change his mind about pulling out American troops because the security in Iraq is more stable with the forces here." — Bahra Khalid, 39, Kurdish teacher in northern city of Irbil.

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"America is like a giant company whose only concern is profit. Obama's visit is for propaganda." — Sami Hassan, 36, Shiite engineer in Baghdad.

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"The American forces will not withdraw whether Obama wins or not. If they withdraw, that would create a big vacuum and Iran would be the first to fill it." — Ahmed Samih, 55, Sunni official in Ministry of Higher Education in Baghdad.

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