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New Operation Gets Surprise Support in Iraq

Inter Press Service By Ahmed Ali and Dahr Jamail*

BAQUBA, Aug 5 (IPS) - A massive military operation in Diyala province has underscored the military and political gains by the Sahwa militia, despite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's earlier attempts to thwart them. Maliki has now apparently come around to involving the Sahwa rather than opposing them.

The Sahwa are the 'Awakening Forces' created and paid by the U.S. military to co-opt militants and to fight al-Qaeda, but . . .

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