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Bush, Al-Maliki Face Decision Whether to Meet in Face of Al-Sadr Threat

President Bush and Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki are facing a decision whether to keep their scheduled meeting next week in Jordan at the risk of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr making good on a threat to pull his Shiite faction from the fragile coalition government. Thirty seats in the 275-member Iraq parliament are controlled by politicians aligned with al-Sadr. Yet to be determined, the official said, is how seriously al-Maliki — a Shiite himself — will take the threats from al-Sadr. Full Story

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