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Sadr’s militia tightens grip on healthcare

After being sworn in last week, Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki outlined two big priorities: reasserting a government monopoly on lethal force by disbanding militias and ending rampant political corruption. But a day spent at Iraq’s Health Ministry shows how big a task Mr. Maliki has set for himself. On one recent morning, six men were loading a simple wooden coffin bearing their relative onto a beat-up Toyota pickup as a female relative in a billowing black abaya choked back tears. Nearby guards barely cast a second glance at the all too common scene. Full Story

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