The Iraqi prime minster is now under attack from leading U.S. politicians. Even President Bush is distancing himself. As Nouri al-Maliki turns to find “friends elsewhere” — in Syria, which he is visiting, and in Iran, with which he has close ties — will he come to be viewed as yet another monster we created?


On Tuesday, US President George W Bush appeared to distance himself for the first time from Mr Maliki’s government.

Mr Bush said the people of Iraq had made a great step towards reconciliation.

However he added that there was “a certain level of frustration with the leadership” of Mr Maliki and that his government now had to perform.

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