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Muqtada is out but not down (yet)

Filed under: Middle East

Shiia cleric Muqtada al Sadr ordered his six ministers to step down from Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki government in protest against "his failure in coming up with a timetable for the withdrawal of the foreign forces from Iraq".

Isn't that neat? Finally, Muqtada al Sadr did what he should have done a long time ago. His business in politics was merely to sabotage the government in Iran's interest. Enough is enough even for those who see the coalition forces as "evil".

Today, Al Hayat reported that the negotiation efforts of Anbar tribal leaders finally succeeded between the various armed factions and the Shia tribes in southern and central Iraq "to eliminate the sectarian dimension of the resistance project and to prepare a political program calling for the withdrawal of the occupation (...) The continuous security anarchy and the impotence of the government to deal with the sectarian and party violence are pushing the Shia tribes in southern Iraq to help Sunni armed groups and tribes in western Iraq in their double war against the occupation and the Al-Qaida organization."

As long as the Iraqis have the strength to unite in order to fight Al Qaeda there is still some hope for the country. Is it too much to wish that next they might chop up Iran's and Syria's tentacles? What a day that would be!

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