Iraq and Gulf Analysis

The Maliki Government – What It Could Mean to Southern Iraq

Posted by Reidar Visser on Tuesday, 23 May 2006 18:33

Despite shared bonds of Shiite Islam, the far south of Iraq – Basra, Maysan and Dhi Qar – was involved in some of the strongest criticism of the government led by Ibrahim al-Jaafari of the United Iraqi Alliance (UIA) in 2005. Is this internal friction within the Shiite camp likely to come to an end with the recent (20 May 2006) formation of a new central government under the leadership of another UIA figure, Nuri al-Maliki? Full story here.

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