In the Arena

Today in Iraq

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I’ve been wondering about the near-evaporation of Muqtada al-Sadr Mahdi Army movement. This piece reinforces what I’d been hearing from other sources: that the Mahdi Army was as much a criminal enterprise as it was a political movement. The rise of Maliki as an actual national leader continues. The rationale for the continuing presence of U.S. troops wanes.

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