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P.M. Al Maliki: Reshuffling Iraqi Cabinet

Matthew Yglesias with Talking Points Memo, reports on the Shiite Militia Clashes With Iraqi Troops ... And brings up a valid point...
Excerpt:
"What kind of sense does it make to fight Mahdi Army militiamen on the one hand, and on the other hand have the leaders of the Sadr Movement sitting in parliament and in the cabinet?"
ENTER: Soon to be "weeded out" Iraqi Cabinet...
While much has been said with regard for Iraqi peoples' government ...Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki plans to reshuffle his coalition cabinet just 100 days after it was formed, because he wants to root out disloyal or poorly performing ministers and rally factions behind his national reconciliation plan... More .
Referendum Map-4.16
-Map (above) represents the mix of tribes who voted freely to elect a democratic Government... (Green "Yes" and Red represents "NO" to referendum)... But make no mistake about it, trimming the weeds will further expose a people harmed not by Democracy, but interventions of outside militant groups, who continue to block the path to their security...
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-According to an article at RFE:
PRAGUE- 8. 26. 06 | Iraqi Prime Minister Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki urged the country's tribes to join his national reconciliation plan to stop sectarian strife and terrorism, saying that U.S. forces are unlikely to withdraw until Iraqis are united....

"Yes to unity, yes to Iraq," a few tribal chiefs chanted during the speech. Tribes are a key element of Iraqi society, wielding enormous influence over members. Iraqis -- whether Shi'ite, Sunni, or Kurd -- owe as much allegiance to their tribes as to the religious leaders.
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Iraq's sectarian violence exploded after the bombing of a Shi'ite mosque in Samarra at the end of February. Sectarian killings and animosity between Shi'ite and Sunni communities are becoming the biggest problems for the Shi'ite-dominated unity government...
-Map below: Hard-hit areas (and communities) of Sectarian Conflict:
SUNNI, SHI'A: Iraq is riven along sectarian lines, faults that frequently produce violent clashes and are a constant source of tension. Sectarian concerns drive much of Iraqi politics and are the main threat to the country's fragile security environment...RFE (c)

And of that Feb. explosion of violence, Iraq has rotated from insurgence to gain control over much of the nearby Diyala Governorate... To the formation of an Islamic caliphate in areas extending from Al-Ramadi to western districts of the capital (as was declaired by such militant groups as the Mujahedin Shura Council)...To Shi'ite infighting, corrupt police and security forces, and armed gangs aimed to destabilize the governorate in Al-Basrah...
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As insurgents continue to destroy structures of "first-time" improvements towards the quality of life for Iraqis (including Nasa water-supplies)...Significant and steady progress towards the expulsion of the militias will be made. We must hold the faith, along with the Iraqi People...

-Others News stories today, in Iraq:
The Strata-Sphere Iraqis Purging The Militias
Captain Ed: Iraqi PM: Iraq Will Never Have Civil War
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-Catch Basil at the WAR radio... Back At WAR for details...

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