Iraq reconciliation could fail – Dulaimi

Gulfnews, September 15 – Iraq’s political system could collapse if death squads are not reined in, according to Sunni political leader Adnan Al Dulaimi on Thursday.

The statement comes after more than 80 dead bodies were found in and around Baghdad in just 48 hours.

"If these barbarian acts do not stop, certainly it will affect the reconciliation plan," said Dulaimi, leader of the Iraqi Accordance Front, the biggest Sunni Arab group in Parliament.

Two car bombs struck Baghdad early on Thursday, killing 10.

The attack came a day after bombers killed at least 22 people in the capital and police discovered 60 bodies, bound, tortured, shot and dumped in both Sunni and Shiite parts of the city.

Another 20 bodies were found on Thursday, more typical of daily tallies.

White House spokesman Tony Snow said training Iraqis was the solution to the problem.

"The key in Iraq is not for the United States to go in and subdue every bad guy in the country," he said. "That would mean that we have to occupy Iraq forever."

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said most Middle East leaders had told him they believe the US-led invasion of Iraq was a "real disaster" for the region, but he said they were divided over whether the Americans should pull out now, or stay.

"The US has found itself in a position where it cannot stay and it cannot leave," Annan told a news conference in New York.

"I believe, if it has to leave, the timing has to be optimum and it has to be arranged in such a way that it does not lead to even greater disruption or violence in the region."