Iraq is taking an important step toward independence. This may be the single most important thing Iraq can do in 2011 other than deny the US an extended military presence in their country.
TEHRAN — Iran and Iraq have formed a joint committee with the Red Cross to shut down Camp Ashraf in Iraq which houses thousands of outlawed Iranian opponents, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said on Saturday.
"The camp will be shut down by the end of this year," Talabani said on the sidelines of a counter-terrorism summit in Tehran, the official IRNA news agency reported.
"For this, a tripartite committee has been set up by Iraq, Iran and the International Red Cross to make decisions and follow up on necessary measures to shut down the camp of this terrorist group," IRNA quoted him as saying.
Like the withdrawal of US forces from Iraq and elections in Egypt, the closure of Camp Ashraf is an event promised in the future, and like the troop withdrawal and those elections, the US is surely working feverishly behind the scenes to prevent or delay this event. But the US' efforts in all three cases have a good chance of failing.
I'm looking forward to the future confirmation of this news. The US' open association with groups that it admits are terrorists, as long as those terrorists oppose countries or groups that pose some threat to Israel, is bad for all parties involved, including the United States.