Political Squabbling Stalls Elections in Iraq

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Provincial elections are expected to take place this fall in Iraq, and nowhere is more contested than Basra. The oil port city is considered a major prize by many political parties. The recent Iraqi Army offensive in Basra, which was ordered by the government, has had political ramifications. Rival parties like the Sadrists accuse the Iraqi prime minister of using the fight in Basra for political gain.



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