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Rivers of Babylon

With the Sunni insurgency collapsing, Iraq's political map is being redrawn. A new class of Sunni leaders is emerging, willing to act as junior partners to the ascendant Shias

By Nibras Kazimi   August 2007

Losing the battle for Baghdad

Iraq’s Sunni political map is undergoing a tectonic shift that is smothering the radicals and empowering those few “moderates,” in the Iraqi sense of the word, who have acquiesced to the historic—and now fully established—political ascendancy of the Shias.

Three Sunni slates made it to the Iraqi parliament in the December 2005 elections: the Consensus Front (44 seats), the National Dialogue Front (11) and the Reconciliation and Liberation bloc (three). Several leading figures in these blocs have now been pushed from the political scene. From the Consensus bloc, Adnan al-Duleimi was voted out of…

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