Key Players in Iraq A handful of Iraqis may determine Iraq's future. Some of them are people whom the United States is depending on to help fix problems; others are ones the Americans hope don't make things worse. Anne Garrels helps navigate the way through the complexities of Iraqi politics and politicians.
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Key Players in Iraq

A look at a handful of Iraqis who may determine Iraq's future.

Autonomy, Oil Money Underlie Kurdish Goals in Iraq

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In the Minority, Iraq's Sunnis Lack Clear Leadership

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Sectarian Violence Erodes Sistani's Influence in Iraq

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Maliki's Ties to Sadr Complicate U.S. Mission in Iraq

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Al-Sadr: A Complex Figure in the Iraqi Puzzle

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