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Iraq's political situation!

Interesting Article:"Al Qaeda in Iraq says it was behind Baghdad blasts" by ASSOCIATED PRESS / Baghdad published Tuesday, December 27, 2011

An al Qaeda front group in Iraq has claimed responsibility for the wave of terrifying attacks that rocked Baghdad last week and killed 69 people. The coordinated attacks on Thursday targeted markets, grocery stores, cafes and government buildings in a dozen mostly Shiite neighborhoods. They coincided with a government crisis that has already strained ties between Sunnis and Shiites to the breaking point. They were the first major attacks since U.S. troops completed a full withdrawal from Iraq this month, increasing doubts about the ability of Iraqi security forces to protect the country. Nearly 200 people were wounded in the bombings. So what is going in Iraq recently, after the U.S withdrawal?

In regard to the bombing, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, a U.S.-based organization that monitors jihadist Web traffic, the claim of responsibility was posted late Monday on militant websites. U.S. and some Iraqi officials have warned of a resurgence of Sunni and Shiite militants and an increase in violence after the U.S. troop withdrawal. Along with the security challenge, Iraq is facing a possible increase in political tension as Iraq's Shiite prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, is engaged in a showdown with the top Sunni political leader in the country. Al-Maliki's government has issued an arrest warrant for Sunni Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi on charges that he ran hit squads against government officials. In addition, the Iraqi political bloc loyal to anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called for parliament to be dissolved and new elections held as sectarian tensions increase. Al-Sadr, whose Mahdi Army militia had clashed with Iraqi and U.S. forces, returned to Iraq on Jan. 5 after an absence of almost four years. He has pledged to combat any form of U.S. presence in Iraq, except for an official embassy, beyond the Dec. 31 deadline for the complete withdrawal of American troops from the country. The anti-American Sadrist bloc is a partner in the Shiite-dominated government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Bahaa al-Aaraji, the head of the Sadrists' bloc in parliament, said Monday that the elections are needed because of instability in the country and problems that threaten Iraq's sovereignty.The political crisis taps into resentments that are still raw despite years of efforts to overcome them. The Sunnis fear the Shiite majority is squeezing them out of their already limited political role. Shiites suspect Sunnis of links to militants and of plotting to topple the Shiite leadership. U.S. officials have warned that these Shiite militant groups could turn against the Iraqi government after the American military has gone. The move by the Sadrists is not enough to quickly bring down the government but does represent the first crack in the ranks of the country's Shiite politicians, who have largely supported al-Maliki's government as it has accused Sunni leaders of conspiring with terrorists. The biggest failing comes from the behavior of the Iraqi political elite who are bending to Iranian pressure. The almost certain consequence is going to be a rise in the influence of Iran in Iraq and the re-emergence of the radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in 2012 as an extremely powerful politician and militia leader.




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