August 18, 2013
Headline of the day: 'Iraq wants U.S. Troops back'
Glenn Reynolds has rewritten Stars and Stripes' headline of a lengthy AP dispatch by Lara Jakes: 'Iraq seeks help from US amid growing violence.' A resurgence of violence and a renewed threat from al-Qaida have recently revived flagging U.S. interest in Iraq, officials said Friday as Baghdad asked for new help to fight extremists less than two years after it forced American troops to withdraw. (snip) The violence has spurred Baghdad to seek new U.S. aid to curb the threat, said Iraqi Foreign Minister Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari. He said a U.S. assistance package could include a limited number of advisers, intelligence analysis and surveillance assets - including lethal drones. "There is greater realization in the Iraq government that we should not shy away from coming and asking for some help and assistance," Zebari told reporters Friday in Washington. As This Ain't Hell puts it: Yeah, well, tough. They had their chance and eight years with which to fix their country under...(Read Full Post)