Iraqi Prime Minister Al-Maliki Vs. Al-Sadr

Basra is back as a city under the control of the state, which “came out with the maximum power, nationalism, popular and national support that expressed itself, and for the first time, the one who is cornered and defeated is this [Mehdi Army] gang,” Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki told CNN on Sunday. (See the Quote of the Week and last week’s newsletter.) Al-Sadr’s Mehdi Army “no longer have a right to participate in the political process or take part in the upcoming elections unless they end the Mehdi Army … We reject Iran using Iraq to attack the U.S., and … we reject the idea of the U.S. using Iraq to attack Iran, because we want to have peaceful positive relations with all sides.… renewal [of the Blackwater contract] came from the U.S. State Department, not the Iraqi government.… this company … committed a massacre against Iraqis … the surge has created positive results … I believe the American forces can draw down.…Al-Qaeda and terrorist organizations were planning to turn Iraq into what you used to hear about, the Islamic State I believe al-Qaeda tried all its power in Iraq and was defeated.

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