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New U.S. Envoy Will Press Iraqis on Their Charter

The new American ambassador to Iraq waded into the debate over its constitution on Monday, signaling that the United States would work to guarantee the rights of Iraqi women and to blunt the desires of ethnic and religious factions pushing for broader autonomy in the new Iraqi state. With less than three weeks to go before the country’s permanent constitution is supposed to be completed, the new ambassador, Zalmay Khalilzad, indicated that the United States would play an active and, if need be, public role in brokering what he called a “national compact” among the country’s ethnic and sectarian groups. Full Story

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