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Mar 27, 2008

Lee-Ma meeting this afternoon

Will update when there are details. And on the unrelated topic of Iraq, I found this fact about Basra a good indication of just how bad the situation is:

The division of the spoils among the armed groups [in Basra] is often quite specific. Fadhila controls the electricity sector and shares power with the Mahdi at the ports; Dawa and Fadhila have a strong grip in the lucrative southern oil operations, and a different branch of Dawa — the one to which Mr. Maliki belongs — holds sway at the Basra airport.

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