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  •  Well, part of the statement is demonstrably false (1+ / 0-)
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    Maliki has been targeting the Mahdi Army and almost nothing else all week. So, he may claim that he hasn't called the operations off, but it's hard to see anything but propaganda in that. If Maliki tries to force the surrender of Mahdi forces, or their disarmament - the original goal of the operation - then clearly the battle will resume. If it were to resume, then Sadr would gain credibility for trying to broker peace, and Maliki will wrong-foot himself.

    I don't think it will resume, anyway. Maliki can't win with the forces available to him, and he could be destroyed if he tries to continue.

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