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The Puzzle of Sunnis’ Leadership Vacuum

Iraq’s Sunni Muslim Arabs don’t lack leadership qualities. They once filled the upper ranks of Saddam Hussein’s officer corps and government ministries, and now some of them are running an increasingly sophisticated insurgency. But in the search for prominent politicians who can unite the fractious minority and secure its members’ place in rebuilding a nation, the pickings are slim. “No one represents the Sunnis,” said Talat Wazan, the head of the Mosul-based Iraqi National Union Party, a Sunni Arab group. “Many of these people act like they are talking on behalf of the Sunni people and are a hero to them. But let me tell you that the Sunni people are divided into many branches and subgroups, so nobody can say that [they] can represent them.” Full Story

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