Friday, July 27, 2007

Aide: Maliki may ask Petraeus be sent home

Above: General David Petraeus tours the Joint Security Station Black Lion compound in Baghdad's Northwest Rashid District on June 30. The joint security stations, where soldiers live amongst the populace, are a key component of Petraeus' plan.

A key aide says Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s relations with U.S. commander Gen. David Petraeus are so poor the Iraqi leader may ask Washington the withdraw the well-regarded U.S. military leader from duty here.

The Iraqi foreign minister calls the relationship “difficult.”

Petraeus says his ties with al-Maliki are “very good” but acknowledges expressing “the full range of emotions” on “a couple of occasions.”

U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker, who meets together with al-Maliki and Petraeus at least weekly, concedes “sometimes there are sporty exchanges.”

Al-Maliki has spoken sharply — not of Petraeus or Crocker personally — but about their tactic of welcoming Sunni militants into the fight against al-Qaida forces in Anbar and Diyalah provinces.

Read the rest at Army Times

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