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American officials privately admit being concerned that Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has become “overconfident” about his government’s ability to manage without US combat troops, according to an Iraq analyst who just returned from a trip to Iraq arranged by US commander General David Petraeus.
Colin Kahl, a fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) – which has supported a long-term US military presence in Iraq – told the press there was “a certain degree of grudging respect for al-Maliki” among officials with whom we met, “but
more often concern about his emerging overconfidence which is making it difficult to interact with him”.