US president Barack Obama's decision to send as many as 300 military advisers to Iraq last week claimed the headlines, but the real centrepiece of American strategy is becoming increasingly clear: an effort to shunt aside Iraq's prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki.
Maliki has had a tense relationship with the United States for several years. The big problem, at least from Washington's perspective, is his Shiite government's marginalisation of Sunnis from positions of power, and a more...
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