Turmoil in the First Days of a Post-U.S. Iraq

1 | IRAQ

In a challenge to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki from within his Shi'ite coalition, followers of radical Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called on Dec. 26 for the dissolution of parliament and early elections. The call came amid a series of crises that followed the Dec. 18 withdrawal of the last U.S. troops.

The day after the American pullout, Maliki issued an arrest warrant for Sunni Vice President Tareq al-Hashimi, accusing him of running a death squad. That led Hashimi's Iraqiya bloc to boycott parliament. On Dec. 22 a series of...

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