JimSmith - 3/23/2006 2:33 PM....I doubt anyone can say with any certainty that there is any place in the country with real, live, Iraqis in residence that is or will soon be "under control of the Iraqi Armed Forces" other than perhaps some near uninhabited desert. Making claims without any context that are intended to mislead is also lying. The intent to mislead part is where you get into the question about lying. Jim
The Kurds in Northern Iraq have been nearly autonomous since 1992 or so. They are not especially eager to join the rest of Iraq to (re)form a new entity.
SE Iraq has been nearly autonomous Shia Arabs since 1992. Like the Kurds, then are reluctant to give-up the relative autonomy that they've enjoyed since Bush I. Note that this DOES NOT include the Shia areas intentionally butchered (ecologically) by Saddam and his barking-mad sons. It total, somewhere around 1/4 of Iraq was de facto independent.
The area directly east of Baghdad (and including Baghdad) is Shia but so close to the Arab Sunnis that it is a 10-20 minute ride by the Sunni Arabs in a W123 loaded with explosives.
Just to remind ourselves:
Arabs come in two flavors: Sunni and Shia.
Shiites come in two flavors: Arab and Persians,
Sunna come in 3 flavors: Arab, Kurd, and Turkoman.
There are a tiny minority of Christians divided into Roman Catholic and two Orthodox sects.
There is one Jewish sect, I don't know anything about them.
Saddam held the country together with death and intimidation.
"We" are hoping to do that with human rights and democracy. The jury is still out.