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Stable and Self-reliant?

President Obama believes the U.S. is leaving behind a “stable and self-reliant Iraq.” But as Shiite Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki demands that Kurdish leaders turn over Sunni Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi, accused of ordering political assasinations (an accusation he denies) and threatens to exclude his Iraqiya rivals (a largely Sunni bloc of lawmakers) from a new majority government if they don’t end their boycott of Parliament and the Council of Ministers, the menace of sectarian violence looms large. Some analysts say this is the worst political instability in Iraq in years. Read the New York Times story here.