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CIAO Focus, February 2007:
The National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq
The American intelligence community offered a grim assessment of the deteriorating situation in Iraq in a 90 page report released last week entitled “Prospects for Iraq’s Stability: A Challenging Road Ahead.”
In contrast with the 2002 National Intelligence Estimate, which boldly (and falsely) asserted that Saddam Hussein was stockpiling weapons of mass destruction, the current NIE gloomily predicts that the ongoing cycle of violence and instability will probably continue over the next 18 months. Its authors also express doubts that the Iraqi leadership will be able do much to mitigate the widening sectarian divisions that are fueling much of the unrest in the country.
At the same time, the report warns that a sudden redeployment of American forces from Iraq would leave the country open to foreign intervention which would regionalize the conflict resulting in massive civilian casualties and population upheavals. Unless something is done to reverse the current trends, the authors conclude, security conditions will only get worse.
This month CIAO examines the National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq.
From the CIAO Database:
Informed Comment: Thoughts on the Middle East, History and Religion
The Iraq Study Group Report
National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq: Prospects for Iraq’s Stability: A Challenging Road Ahead
US Department of State: Iraq Update
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