Saturday, October 07, 2006

US role stiffens Iraq political gridlock

William posts this and comments: "Nothing short of the wholesale sacking of the police force will slow down the violence"

Reuters - 07 October, 2006
Political paralysis and in-fighting is impeding the ability of Iraq's Shi’ite-led national unity government to tackle rampant violence and economic woes, an Iraqi Shi’ite leader said.

Vice President Adel Abdul Mahdi agreed with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s assertion yesterday that factional wrangling had led to a dangerous stalemate inside the ruling coalition.

But Mahdi, one of two vice presidents and a senior Shi'ite Islamist, said US involvement in Iraq was an important contributor to the problem.

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