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can anyone explain this

by WOODS-HICK / January 23, 2008 10:37 AM PST

"Ahmadinejad Accepts Invitation to Visit Iraq"

"Deputy Foreign Minister Labeed Abawi said the invitation to the Iranian leader was extended by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani,

a Kurd who has close relations with Iran's ruling clergy."


how does it fit into the tale

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The Kurds have been trading with Iran...
by grimgraphix / January 23, 2008 2:43 PM PST

... for years, especially after the no fly zones protected the north of Iraq from much of Saddam's aggressions against the ethnic kurdish populations during much of the 1990s. Iran has supplied many commercial goods over the years to the Kurds and shares economic ties despite the fact that many Kurds don't practice the same religion as the Iranians.

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that might be nice but:
by WOODS-HICK / January 24, 2008 10:46 PM PST

from the link:

"The U.S. military says Iran is arming, training and bankrolling Shiite militiamen in Iraq who have used Iranian-supplied roadside bombs to kill hundreds of American soldiers. Iraq's once-dominant Sunni Arabs, along with most Arab nations, are deeply alarmed that Iraq's Shiite politicians have been used by Iran's ruling clergy to gain a foothold in a major Arab nation."

bigger but:

"..... States like these, and their terrorist allies, constitute an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world. By seeking weapons of mass destruction, these regimes pose a grave and growing danger. They could provide these arms to terrorists, giving them the means to match their hatred. They could attack our allies or attempt to blackmail the United States. In any of these cases, the price of indifference would be catastrophic.

We will work closely with our coalition to deny terrorists and their state sponsors the materials, technology, and expertise to make and deliver weapons of mass destruction. We will develop and deploy effective missile defenses to protect America and our allies from sudden attack. (Applause.) And all nations should know: America will do what is necessary to ensure our nation's security.

We'll be deliberate, yet time is not on our side. I will not wait on events, while dangers gather. I will not stand by, as peril draws closer and closer. The United States of America will not permit the world's most dangerous regimes to threaten us with the world's most destructive weapons. (Applause.)..."


is the "axis of evil" becoming 'buddy-buddy'
or should he bring a 'food-taster'

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by Angeline Booher / January 24, 2008 11:57 PM PST

Maybe those who live in the area favor trying not un-rock the boat where they can.

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by WOODS-HICK / January 25, 2008 12:33 AM PST
In reply to: Or....

"During the First World War, Turkey became a German ally and its empire collapsed when British forces invaded Mesopotamia in 1917 and occupied Baghdad.

At the Paris Peace Conference in 1919, the group of the of the victorious nations in World War I (the allies) made Iraq, which constituted the former Ottoman states (Wilayat) of Mosul, Baghdad, and Al Basrah) under the British mandate. According to the mandate system system, a territory that had formerly been held by either Germany or the Ottoman Empire was placed nominally under the supervision of the League of Nations with the administration of the mandate given to one of the First World War victorious allied counties, including Britain and France, until the territory is able to govern itself. Iraq was classified as Class A mandates; such types of mandates were expected to achieve independence in a few years.

The creation of the British Mandate in Iraq was officially confirmed at the Allied governments

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