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Feud Between Kurdish Clans Creates Its Own War

One threat to stability in Iraq after any war to remove Saddam Hussein takes the form of a dapper 45-year old man, educated in the United States and fluent in English, who has a yen for cologne, pressed shirts and silk ties. His name is Najat al-Sourchi. He is planning what would be a deeply destabilizing murder. Mr. Sourchi wants to kill Massoud Barzani, an American ally and president of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, which has played host to Central Intelligence Agency teams in northern Iraq since last fall. Many people here regard Mr. Barzani as a resistance hero, the embodiment of a surname synonymous with the Kurdish autonomy struggle, which Mr. Sourchi himself supports. This high place in local lore matters not to Mr. Sourchi. He is a Kurd who wants a Kurdish leader dead. Full Story

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