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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Sistani v. Sadr

[Via Juan Cole]

Apparently, Iraqi Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani is on board with the plan to re-align the Iraqi Parliament into a new governing coalition that will unseat Prime Minister Maliki and, more importantly, greatly diminish the power of Moqtada al-Sadr. (Something I had written about earlier.)

Juan breaks down what the new coalition would look like (and, generally craps on the whole idea) here. (Scroll down.)

This is either the last ditch attempt to save Iraq from Sadr or the beginning of the next full-scale internal conflict. This time, however, open Shiite on Shiite violence.

I've given up guessing. (Although, let's be honest, all signs - always - point to violence in Iraq.)

The only thing I'm sure of is that the Kurds are outta there, ASAP. Who can blame them?

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