“Military experts warn US losing leverage, gains in Iraq as violence escalates”
““We left (Iraq) on the edge of being stable,” Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, a former military intelligence officer, told Fox News.
…he warned: “Al Qaeda as an entity is coming back strong within the region and is doing things to destabilize governments, which, at this point in time, are still friendly to us.”
… Iraq’s parliament speaker painted a grim picture of a crumbling country that is taking another beating by terrorists.
“The situation is grave,” Osama al-Nujaifi sai…
The latest…attacks…took place Thursday after militants set up…checkpoints across the country and executed drivers at will. While the killings occurred, a bomb went off inside a crowded café…near the town of Muqdadiyah, killing 16 and injuring 20…
Thursday’s attacks follow a…prison break…at…Abu Ghraib prison… At least 250 prisoners…linked to terror groups…are now back on the streets.
…attacks…have been frequent and severe… Nearly 2,000 people died in April and May alone.”