Iraq and Gulf Analysis

The Completion of the Maliki Government on 8 June 2006

Posted by Reidar Visser on Friday, 9 June 2006 20:59

The tension in Basra was given widespread media attention on 30 May 2006 when the Iraqi prime minister, Nuri al-Maliki, travelled to the Gulf city to impose a state of emergency. Reports from Basra have tended to take at face value Maliki’s description of the problem as rivalry between “criminal gangs”; alternatively, journalists have focused on the plight of the Sunni minorities in the Zubayr and Abu al-Khasib areas – a theme that receives extensive coverage in the pan-Arab media. But the crucial intra-Shiite tension at the heart of the conflict, principally between the Fadila Party and the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution of Iraq (SCIRI), has largely remained in the background… Full story here.

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