The End - 2000 to 2009

US troops have withdrawn from towns and cities in Iraq, six years after the invasion, having formally handed over security duties to new Iraqi forces. A public holiday – National Sovereignty Day – has been declared, and the capital, Baghdad, threw a giant party to mark the eve of the changeover. Hours before the Monday night deadline, four US soldiers were killed in combat. US-led combat operations are due to end by September 2010, with all troops gone from Iraq by the end of 2011.

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It is fitting that today’s deadline for the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq’s cities coincides with a meeting in Baghdad to auction off some of the country’s largest oil fields to companies such as ExxonMobil, Chevron and British Petroleum. It is a reminder of the real motives for the 2003 invasion and in whose interests over one million Iraqis and 4,634 American and other Western troops have been killed. The Iraq war was, and continues to be, an imperialist war waged by the American ruling elite for control of oil and geo-strategic advantage.

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  • 18 Responses for "The same day US soldiers leave Iraqi cities, the same day Iraqi oil is sold to ExxonMobil, BP and Chevron"

    1. Kearns June 30th, 2009 at 12:50 pm

      If so, Shell must be the big winner, they aren’t US or UK and yet they’ll likely end up with some nice contracts. The key for Iraq is to negotiate well. Outsource the drilling and extraction, and keep the profits in country, don’t just hand over the rights. If a western company isn’t interested in that type of relationship, talk to Venezula or China…

    2. MR June 30th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

      @al-suyuufi – I believe the Iraqi government are selling off their oil fields.

    3. Al Sudani June 30th, 2009 at 2:16 pm

      “… THEIR oil fields.”

      MR – THEIR oil fields? Since when was Iraq’s oil fields THEIRS?

      I doubt the people of Iraq will be benefiting at all from the Oil contracts.

    4. Hamza21 June 30th, 2009 at 2:32 pm

      @ Kearns

      that is exactly what they doing which why the response from many oil companies for this auction is lukewarm.

      @ MR no Iraq is not selling off the fields just entering into contracts to exact , refine and sell the oil. The Iraq government doesn’t have capacity to do it for themselves so need help from foreign companies but it doesn’t maean they selling the fields outright. Nobody in government would allow that nor would the iraqi people.

    5. MR June 30th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

      @Al Sudani – The people of Iraq are selling their oil fields.

    6. Sulayman F June 30th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

      The day Iraqis sell their oil to China over America, we can say the place is truly free. I suspect the US embassy is leaning on the Iraqi government, they could threaten to withhold billions in aid should the government vote the wrong way. (same as Biden did in the Lebanese elections)

    7. burhan June 30th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

      Read the stories more carefully. The deals are very favorable for Iraq, which is why they’re having trouble finding many takers.

    8. burhan June 30th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

      The US soldiers aren’t really going far. They’re just drawing back to the larger bases and leaving the checkpoints and FOBs. It will be interesting to see how much the Iraqi government pushes back against them.

      It’s rather superficial to dismiss the Iraqi regime as “puppets’. They are in a difficult place. They need a strong and unified troop presence that the Americans can offer, but they don’t want the Americans calling the political shots. Let’s keep the Iraqis in our du’as and try to appreciate the subtleties of the situation.

    9. Al Sudani June 30th, 2009 at 6:14 pm

      No MR. The “people of Iraq” are not selling their oil fields. In your own post, it clearly states how this was carried out in a “meeting in Baghdad to auction off some of the country’s largest oil fields to companies such as ExxonMobil, Chevron and British Petroleum.”

      I don’t believe the people of Iraq has much say in this matter, or any at all.

    10. MR July 1st, 2009 at 10:14 am

      @Al Sudani – The people of Iraq or those who voted in the elections selected their government officials to represent them. They are at the meeting. In reality this is the only thing they can do right now in order to rebuild Iraq after America destroyed it. Maybe Iraq will turn into Saudi Arabia which can be a good thing for the most part.

    11. Mansoor July 1st, 2009 at 11:49 am

      From the very start the United States military operation was Operation Iraqi “Liberation” also known as the OIL plan. After, the masses put the pieces together, it is swiftly renamed Operation Iraqi Freedom. It is not surprising to me that the media has conditioned the people to believe that it is that part of the world that is barbaric and in need of help. After these people have been made to think this way, stereotypes are encouraged, which is not something new considering they’ve been portraying Arabs as imbeciles and villan’s in Hollywood as early as the 1920’s. For example, why does Aladdin look less Arab than Jaf’ar (the villan), Raiders of the Lost Ark, the hit show Sleeper Cell which all the muslim characters are played by orthodox Jews, and not to mention 24. The media has conditioned their mind so that when they see muslims in the Middle East being killed, they don’t feel compassion towards it. As we all know, a stereotype is something some of us may even find extremely tough to wither away. They lust and pursue the land of Zion which is between the Nile River and and the Euphraytes. Oil was not the main purpose, the establishment of the Zionist agenda on what they surmise as “their” land was the real victory for them and their actual purpose.

      Masalaam

    12. Mansoor July 1st, 2009 at 12:14 pm

      @Burhan . . . LOL at the idea that the conditions and terms of and deal being “favorable” for the Iraqi’s. You dont have to go too far back to now the economic agenda from the Gulf war where the original operation was called Operation Desert Shield in order to protect Saudi’s oil, better yet, American money upon a deal which was designed just months before the invasion in which the U.S. government had all profits from Saudi oil secured in American banks. Think thats too vague?

      Read ‘Confessions of an Economic Hitman’ written by John Perkins in which the author details his life working for the CIA and tells the story of how his personal job was to design government contracts that would look GREAT on paper, but their real purpose was to place the interested country in debt. And then keep it in debt forever.

      I’ll end it their, maslaam.

    13. MR July 1st, 2009 at 12:36 pm

      @al-suyuufi – I agree not everyone voted, but those who voted are still Iraqi people and got their voices heard by electing who they wanted. Even if the elections were rigged, Iraqis are simply trying to put the roof back on their homes and start baking the bread and heating up the water. They are tired of fearing for their lives.

      Now we will see who the true Mujahideen are. The ones who continue to kill the Iraqis even after the Americans have left or the ones that are going to help rebuild their homes. Allah knows best.

    14. Al Sudani July 1st, 2009 at 7:32 pm

      MR;

      As Al-Suyuufi mentioned in one of his comments above regarding the current Iraqi government, – “is simply a puppet of the US”. Which I totally agree with. I do not believe the Iraqi people voted for this current corrupt administration. It’s similar to the Iranian elections. Where they apparently hold “elections”, even though the SELECTIONS has already been done at meetings, behind closed doors.

    15. MR July 2nd, 2009 at 10:02 am

      @al-syuufi and Al-Sudani – Have you taken to any Iraqi Americans? Practicing ones? Have you sat with scholars and asked them about certain groups in Iraq and what they do? I have and I’m telling you it is better for them to stop fighting each other and start going back to Islam. Sharia hasn’t been establish since the death of Ali (ra), what makes us think it’ll be established today. Even the Prophet (saas) said after Ali (ra) the Khilafah will fall. It’s an authentic hadith. The khilafah died 1000s of years ago. It will only return when the Mahdi comes and the return of Isa (as). This is what the Prophet (saas) said. So before Iraqis establish an Islamic state, they need to establish Islam in their lives and homes. If the government is corrupt than give dawah and naseeha. If the majority want Islam in the government, then there are plenty of ways in the Seerah other than blowing up yourselves in markets or attacking your own brothers and sisters because they are ignorant. All the solutions are in the Seerah.

    16. Al Sudani July 2nd, 2009 at 10:21 am

      I don’t know what you’re talking about. It’s irrelevant to my comments and points I’m making regarding the current Iraqi administration, in response to your comment that “The people of Iraq are selling their oil fields” and “The people of Iraq or those who voted in the elections selected their government officials to represent them”.

    17. MR July 2nd, 2009 at 2:09 pm

      @Al Sudani – I am not sure why I included you in the comment, haha. My bad. Anyways whether or not the Iraqi government was elected or was put into place by there, is not something the people have much control right now. It is probably best for them to start putting back their lives together and stop the violence. It’s time to rebuild, educate and continue to worship Allah.

    18. Ummkulthum September 19th, 2009 at 4:32 am

      They have some nerve!

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