By Chad Groening
A terrorism expert and former member of the Palestine Liberation Organization says the situation would become extremely dire if President Obama grants the Iraqi government's request to pull all U.S. troops out of the country by the end of this year.
In a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ruled out the presence of any U.S. troops in Iraq after the end of 2011 because his country's security forces are capable of confronting any remaining threats to Iraq's security, sovereignty, and unity. He also said he would not allow his nation to be pulled into an alignment with Iran, despite the voices within his government that support it.
But terrorism expert Walid Shoebat of the Walid Shoebat Foundation disagrees with al-Maliki's assessment. "Barack Hussein Obama is going to work very hard in pulling our troops out of Iraq in the future - and if that happens, Iran will basically grow," he warns. "The moment we pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan is when Islamism will gain more confidence buildup and Iran will basically extend its power."
The Christian convert adds that Iraq will likely break into three separate entities.
"It'll be Shiite district, Sunni district, and the Mosul district, which is the Kurdistan issue," he explains. "And if we pull out without dealing with those issues, I believe you will see Iraq broken down into three entities in which Iran will be gladly ready to take over."
Shoebat acknowledges that most Americans are tired of the war and would probably support a quick exit from Iraq.
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