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It’s Coming Together

The Tawafuq Front, Iraq‘s main Sunni bloc, is about to rejoin the Iraq government after a boycott lasting almost a year. Here’s the Washington Post:

The bloc withdrew from the government in August over demands that included the release of Sunni detainees from Iraq‘s prisons and constitutional reforms.

Now, Sunni leaders said the government had done enough to address their core conditions, including passing an amnesty law that has freed thousands of Sunni detainees this year. The leaders said they were also encouraged by the government’s efforts in tackling Shiite militias, namely the Mahdi Army of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.

“We feel that a great deal of them have been fulfilled,” said Salim Abdullah al-Jubori, a spokesmen for the Sunni alliance, known as the Tawafuq Front.

If the Sunni group returns, it would mark a political victory for Maliki as well achieve a key U.S. policy goal. Sunnis would have a greater voice in decision making on a cabinet currently dominated by Shiites and Kurds.

Okay: who’s going to be the first Democrat (whose name is not Lieberman) to acknowledge political progress in Iraq? Awaiting predictions. . .


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