U.S. Lacks Intel On Iraq
WASHINGTON [MENL] -- Despite a nearly decade-long presence, the United
States has been hampered by a lack of intelligence on Iraq.
Leading analysts said the U.S. intelligence community has neglected Iraq
and stopped tracking Al Qaida and Shi'ite insurgents in the Arab country.
They said this would force Washington to depend on the Shi'ite-led
government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki for any military option
against Al Qaida's Islamic State of Iraq and Levant.