US worries as Maliki gets ‘difficult’

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”.

Read the entire article at Asia Times Online

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