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In Iraq, Shiite vs. Shiite power play

US policymakers and senior Iraqi politicians alike agree that the most important precondition for ending the country’s sectarian war is to defang the Sunni and Shiite militias. But doing so means taking on Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr’s Mahdi Army, one of the country’s largest and most powerful militias. Already, efforts to rein in Mr. Sadr’s army have met fierce resistance and contributed to the rise in violence throughout the country this month. Full Story

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