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Iraq resumes political strife in vacuum left by US

Iraq resumes political strife in vacuum left by US

The dust had barely settled from the last column of departing US armoured vehicles when Iraq's rival Sunni and Shi'ite factions resumed political infighting that threatens a lurch back into turmoil.

December 19, 2011 5:07 by

…public disturbances.

“The likeliest outcome in Iraq is that the government of Iraq will muddle along imperfectly and inelegantly, with continued but non-catastrophic violence and slow but non-zero economic and political development, in spite of the US withdrawal,” said Stephen Biddle, of the Council on Foreign Affairs, aWashington-based think-tank.

“The problem is that the likeliest case isn’t the only possibility. And many other possible outcomes are much worse – including renewed civil warfare, a descent back to 2006-scale violence, regional intervention, and a wider war.” (By Rania El Gamal; Writing by Rania El Gamal; additional reporting by Patrick Markey; editing by Mark Trevelyan)

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