Thursday, December 18, 2008

Iraqi Ministry of the Interior official arrested for poltting to 'reconstitute Ba'ath Party'...

MORE LIKE A POWER GRAB, if you ask me! In the NYTimes, here
"...The arrests, confirmed by officials from the Ministries of the Interior and National Security as well as the prime minister’s office, included four generals. The officials also said that the arrests had come at the hand of an elite counterterrorism force that reports directly to the office of Prime Minister Al Maliki,,, the arrests reflect a new set of political challenges for Iraq. Mr. Maliki, who has gained popularity as a strong leader but has few reliable political allies, has scrambled to protect himself from domestic rivals as the domineering influence of the United States, his leading backer, begins to fade..."

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