June 30th, 2009
01:48 PM ET
14 years ago

Iraqis cheer - and fear - U.S. pullout from cities

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caption=" Iraqi soldiers join in a parade Tuesday in Karbala to mark the withdrawal of U.S. troops from cities and towns."]
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) - Tuesday marked the deadline for American troops to pull out of Iraq's towns and cities - a long-anticipated date that has been met by street festivals in Baghdad.

Celebrations were tempered, however, by fears of renewed violence as insurgents seek to use the date to stage new attacks.

At least 30 people, including women and children, were killed and 45 wounded Tuesday in a bombing in northern Iraq, a local police official said.

The blast took place in a busy commercial area in a predominantly Kurdish part of Kirkuk, destroying 20 shops and houses, the official said. Kirkuk is about 235 miles north of Baghdad.

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  1. Chai-wallah

    Nice ring to those words. "Cheer and Fear"

    Cheer...Yeah...we are now top dog!

    Fear...Holy crap, what will we do when we start killing each other?

    I have mostly fear because there's no "what If" about Iraq; they love the in fighting and power struggle.

    Fear of Iraq imploding or in other words; going to hell is more certain than peace. A nation as old as Iraq, yet as backward as the stone age is not a good feeling.

    It seems the best satisfaction for Iraqi's is who controls what; the black gold under the sand is what's important and killing a few thousands will justify the end game "it seems"

    Here we go again; another Lawrence of Arabia. He is nothing! Just a Bedouin! Yeah right! Until they learn to treat everyone the same, there will be no peace.

    June 30, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  2. Randolph Carter

    Dave, the truthteller, was it worth 4,000+ American soldier's lives? Perhaps we should continue this nation building campaign. North Korea would be a good start. Then Iran. Then Pakistan. Then Somalia. Then Cuba. Yeah, we're really on a roll now. Don't forget Venezuela. It would all be practice for the big one: China. Have a nice day!

    June 30, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
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