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Rivers of Babylon

Three months into the "surge," barely half the promised American troops have arrived, and most have been deployed in Shia areas. That doesn't stop the Sunnis complaining

By Nibras Kazimi   134

A surge in slow motion

When the current Baghdad security plan was announced in February, there was a fairly widespread sense of hope among Baghdadis that their city might be given a degree of security at last. Nouri al-Maliki’s government pledged to park a tank on every street, an Iraqi twist on the British political promise of a constable on every corner.

But almost three months into the “Imposing Law” plan, as it has been dubbed by Iraqi generals, less than 60 per cent of the promised American troops have arrived in Iraq, whereas more than 80 per cent…

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