U.S. Lowers Expectations in Post-Election Iraq
Posted on Jan 22, 2006
WASHINGTON—Disappointed by the election performance of Iraq’s moderate parties, U.S. officials have established a more modest goal as Iraqi leaders divide power in a new government: preventing religious or nationalist parties from gaining a strong hold on the army and police.
American officials have made it a priority to persuade the winners in the election not to give top posts in the defense and interior ministries to anyone linked to armed groups such as the Shiite Muslim-controlled Badr and Al Mahdi militias, and the Kurds’ peshmerga forces, U.S. and Iraqi officials say. | story