Iraq Briefs: Basra/Nasiriyya Redux and Anti-Corruption Efforts

January 21, 2008 § Leave a comment

(Image of Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki from here.)

Al-Zaman reports that the Iraqi government is still trying to get it’s story straight regarding the recent clashes in Basra and Nasiriya. Members of religious parties have blamed the Shi’i fringe group Jund al-Samaa for being involved in the clashes that killed over 75, but others have said that followers of the former Iraqi Army were the ones actually involved in the clashes. A source told al-Zaman that current Iraqi police forces unleashed random, heavy gunfire in residential areas and trapped residents who were adverse to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Al-Hayat details a new national campaign launched by al-Maliki to fight financial and administrative corruption in the Iraqi government. Al-Maliki said it is necessary to develop a legal framework to ensure that corruption stops and that perpetrators will not be protected. Al-Maliki also said that the relative calm experienced during this year’s Ashoura ritual is proof that security is becoming a reality in Iraq.

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