by Song Dan, Xu Yanyan and Jamal Hashem
BAGHDAD, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- A fresh wave of coordinated bombings swept across Iraq's major cities on Wednesday, only one day after the United States downsized its troops below 50,000, some Iraqi experts said that after more than seven years of military occupation, violence is one of the few U.S. legacies left in Iraq.
"Now the Americans are leaving, the clearest fingerprints they left on Iraq that any Iraqi can perceive are torture, corruption and civil war," Nuri Hadi, an Iraqi political analyst told Xinhua in a recent interview.
Hadi said the United States, which was striding for changing the governance of Iraq, made mistakes due to a lack of understanding towards the country's history, nature, divisions, as well as the suppressed passions that could lead to violence.
The recent violence in Iraq, to some extent, looks less devastating mainly because the bloodshed peak during 2006 to 2007 was so hellish and notorious, and Iraq has yet a long way to go to restore normalcy of people's life, he noted, adding the insurgents still have the ability to carry out high-profile attacks in Iraqi cities.
Hadi said the latest wave of deadly bombings on Wednesday in Iraq's major cities, which left 64 people killed and more than 272 wounded, made the timing of the U.S. troops withdrawal from Iraq looks more untimely, and the Obama administration's repeated claim of Iraqi security force can stand on their own two feet, say, more untenable.
"With the partial pullout of the U.S. troops at the end of August, the violence in Iraq is widely expected to increase," he said.
"I think the Qaida militants have showed that they reorganized themselves, and during the past few months they proved that they have the ability to launch sporadic deadly and massive attacks in Baghdad and other Iraqi cities," Hadi said, adding "but I still believe the Iraqi security forces seem have the capability to fight back."
However, Hadi said "we have to admit that a large part of the insurgent groups in Iraq are directly or indirectly linked to political parties participating in the political process, then the security will largely depend on whether those parties are willing to find peaceful means to settle their differences and their struggle on power, or they will simply rise their weapons to fight each other."
Meanwhile, he said the democracy brought by the United States doesn't look like welcomed by many Iraqis who see what is suitable for the U.S. is not necessarily suitable for Iraq.
On Thursday, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani praised the U.S. role in liberating Iraq from the dictatorship of former Saddam regime, and the U.S. support for the government forces against terrorism.
"They (the U.S. troops) have come to free Iraqi people from Saddam," he said, noting oil is not the main reason of U.S. military presence in Iraq.
Hadi expressed disagreement with the president, saying "for many people here it is funny if you say that the Americans brought freedom here, the main result of the U.S. troops presence in Iraq is the profound divisions, both racial and sectarian, among the Iraqi factions.
Besides, he warned of the current power vacuum in Baghdad, due to which the central government is losing its influence and control to other parts of the country. Particularly, conflicts may erupt in towns near the border of the semi-autonomous northern Kurdistan region, which are under dispute between the central government and the Kurds.
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