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Nussaibah Younis Discusses the Arming of Iraqi Kurds on BBC Radio 5 Live

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Why Maliki Must Go

Published by the New York Times. NOBODY wants another civil war in Iraq, yet events are propelling it in that direction. War can be averted only by a new political understanding among three main groups — Sunni Arabs, Shiite Arabs … Continue reading

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Time to Get Tough on Iraq

Published by the New York Times THE next president of the United States must fundamentally reassess America’s broken relationship with Iraq. Under two American presidents now, the regime of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has operated in an atmosphere of immunity … Continue reading

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Iraq is left in a sectarian rut after the elite’s horse trading

The war-ravaged country finally has a government, but what kind of precedent does it set for the future? Continue reading

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Nouri al-Maliki’s return would damage Iraq

Coverage of the Iranian-brokered deal between Nouri al-Maliki and Muqtada al-Sadr has focused on fears that Iranian influence is eclipsing US power in Iraq. But the threat to the US is exaggerated. Being forced to turn to Iran for help has been embarrassing for Maliki, who ran an Iraqi nationalist election campaign that distanced itself from Iran and emphasised Iraq’s sovereignty. Continue reading

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Ahmadinejad bores Lebanon

Just over the partition separating hundreds of female Hezbollah supporters from their male counterparts, a heated discussion is being held. A teenage security guard, identified as Hezbollah-approved by a green card badge safety-pinned to his T-shirt, wants to pray without leaving the large square in south Beirut where the Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is due to speak. Continue reading

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