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WAR: Iraqi Power-Sharing Talks Falter

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posted on Mar, 3 2005 @ 01:46 AM
Talks between the dominant Shiite coalition and the Kurdish party to form a coalition government hit a snag today. AT issue are Kurdish demands for greater territory. Also of concern was the fear that the Shiite coalition has aims at establishing an Islamic state. In all two days of negotiating have not born fruit. The Shiite United Iraqi Alliance holds 140 of the 275 seats in the National Assembly. It needs the 75 seats that the Kurds now hold to gain the two thirds majority it needs to rule.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Talks aimed at forging a coalition government faltered Wednesday over Kurdish demands for more land and concerns that the dominant Shiite alliance seeks to establish an Islamic state, delaying the planned first meeting of Iraq's new parliament.

The number of U.S. military deaths in the Iraq campaign rose to 1,500 on Thursday, an Associated Press count showed. A soldier assigned to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force was killed Wednesday in Babil province in the so-called "Triangle of Death" south of Baghdad, the military said.

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Given that this is the first taste of democracy many have had in the area, it not surprising that there are snags. I doubt that our founding fathers had an easy time either. The Kurds no doubt are seeing this as thier chance to have real control over thier destiny and intend to make the most of it. What is required here is patients and some help as the Iraqi people feel thier way though this process.

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