Elections throughout Iraq unlikely

By WND Staff

The White House has been trying to put the best spin on the agreement in which the Mahdi Army left the Imam Ali mosque in Najaf, but it is among several key Iraqi cities that have come under the control of insurgents who will not allow elections, reports Geostrategy-Direct, the global intelligence news service.

The Iranian-backed Shi’ite insurgents remain very much in control in Najaf, just as al-Qaida operatives have been terrorizing cities in Iraq’s Sunni Triangle.

With four months to go, Iraq is far from ready for national elections.

The United States has poured in $18 billion in reconstruction projects to win the cooperation of Iraqis to enable elections in January 2005.

But Iraqi security forces are too scared to operate in several key cities controlled by insurgents, and candidates will not even show their faces.

Most of these cities are Sunni, including Fallujah, Ramadi and Samara.

But thanks to the Mahdi Army’s success in surviving the U.S. siege in Najaf, U.S. officials quietly are writing off Shiite cities, including neighborhoods of Baghdad.

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