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Editor's Inbox  |  February 26, 2007 9:12 PM

U.S. Agrees to Meeting with Iran and Syria

The Bush administration has agreed to sit around a negotiating table with official representatives of Iran and Syria next month -- as part of a planned regional conference in Baghdad to discuss ways to stabilize Iraq.

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Panelist View  |  September 11, 2007 10:54 AM

Arab Neighbors to Petraeus: What About Us?

The U.S. Congress was far too polite in questioning General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker during their long-awaited Iraq report. For me, the more important questions are the regional ones. What real, long-term plans does the U.S. have for our part of the world? Do any of the people of the region, not to mention the Iraqis themselves, have any say in our own future?

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Guest Voice  |  April 4, 2008 11:13 AM

The Two Wars in Iraq: Ours and Theirs

By Lisa Schirch

Americans and Iraqis tell two different stories about the war in Iraq. Most Iraqis say that the U.S.-led invasion and occupation have fueled violence. The dominant American story is that U.S. forces are curbing sectarian violence and making things better in Iraq. This gap in perception severely undermines public diplomacy efforts throughout the Muslim world, and demands much greater effort toward understanding the Iraqi point of view.

Recently, I was sipping tea with a group of Iraqi community development workers in Amman, Jordan. The conversation shifted from a focus on their attempts to reconcile Sunni, Shi'a and Kurdish leaders in villages across Iraq to the larger question of how to reconcile U.S. and Iraqi narratives about the war.

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Guest Voice  |  April 9, 2008 3:50 PM

An Iraqi's Anniversary of Saddam's Fall

When I first saw images of Saddam's statue being torn down five years ago today, I was struck by two conflicting emotions. I was happy, of course. But deep inside, I felt sadness that Iraqis had not been able to take down the statue of tyranny, that we couldn't do it ourselves because we didn't have then a united, trusted leadership who could gather all Iraqis and move them toward change.

Today, five years later we still don't have this leadership.

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Guest Voice  |  July 14, 2008 6:16 PM

A Fresh Start for Iraq

By Jonathan Steele

There's an odd thing about Baghdad: Iran is the only regional power with an embassy there. U.S. President George W. Bush's best Arab allies – Egypt, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia – refuse to let their diplomats live there.

That’s not for a lack of U.S. effort to convince them otherwise. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has raised the anomaly several times with Iraq's Arab neighbors, as have lesser emissaries. So far, to no avail. Jordan’s embassy in Iraq was bombed by al-Qaeda agents in 2003; Egypt’s ambassador was ambushed and murdered. Iran, meanwhile, is currently enjoying the most cordial relations it has had with an Iraqi government for several decades.

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 |  November 26, 2008 3:02 PM

Iraqi Women Face Trials, Tribulations in Jordan

By Sarah Chynoweth and Ada Williams Prince

"Every time a bomb went off I thought the baby was coming."

This is what a young Iraqi woman told us about her experience giving birth in Iraq. Many Iraqi women have demanded caesarean sections rather than risk delivering their infants during war, even though some were well short of their due date, putting the mother and child's health in danger. The woman, a gynecologist in fact, fled to Jordan soon after the delivery with her baby and husband in search of safety.

Although life in Jordan is free of gunfire and explosions, it is not free from fear, particularly for Iraqi women and girls.

If you are an Iraqi woman in Jordan, your life is filled with dread and uncertainty. Since Iraqis do not have legal status there, they are afraid of being caught by the authorities and deported back to Iraq--even though this does not occur very often. Because of this, many are afraid to come forward to receive health care, even if the services are available and accessible.

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