Aaron C. Davis
Washington Post
May 14, 2011

A pledge this week by Iraq’s Shiite prime minister to seek consensus on whether U.S. troops should stay or go came with a not-so-subtle challenge to an influential fellow Shiite.

If a solid majority of Iraq’s main political blocs decide to back a U.S. presence beyond a year-end deadline, Nouri al-Maliki said, then even the anti-American cleric Moqtada al-Sadr should abandon plans for renewed violence and fall in line.

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“That is the mechanism of democracy,” he said.

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