As reported yesterday on Wizbangblue, Maliki's coalition government seems, (dare I use the phrase) in imminent danger of falling apart. Now we have a further report, that Maliki's relationship with General Petraeus is in tatters as well. With friends like these who needs enemies? Read in the 'Daily Telegraph', 'Iraqi leader tells Bush: Get Gen Petraeus out'
Relations between the top United States general in Iraq and Nouri al-Maliki, the country's prime minister, are so bad that the Iraqi leader made a direct appeal for his removal to President George W Bush.
Although the call was rejected, aides to both men admit that Mr Maliki and Gen David Petraeus engage in frequent stand-up shouting matches, differing particularly over the US general's moves to arm Sunni tribesmen to fight al-Qa'eda.
One Iraqi source said Mr Maliki used a video conference with Mr Bush to call for the general's signature strategy to be scrapped. "He told Bush that if Petraeus continues, he would arm Shia militias," said the official. "Bush told Maliki to calm down."
At another meeting with Gen Petraeus, Mr Maliki said: "I can't deal with you any more. I will ask for someone else to replace you."
Petraeus better hurry up and write his progress report.
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