Iraq may have been forced out of the lead, but it was hardly forgotten. CBS' Bill Plante reported that President George Bush, returning from talks with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, will expand his diplomacy to include al-Maliki's rival for Shiite leadership abdul-Aziz al-Hakim--whose "Badr militia rivals the Mahdi Army"--and the leading Sunni Arab politician Tariq al-Hashemi. Plante's spook sources told him that the Badr Corps "was the first to send death squads to target Sunnis."
Left behind in Jordan was ABC's Terry McCarthy, who checked out the desert training grounds for military and police. The US is spending $3bn annually and has so far trained 133,000 soldiers and 160,000 cops. He pointed out that without "genuine reconciliation talks" between Sunni and Shiite, security forces alone will never keep the peace and so far those talks are "something that al-Maliki has failed to deliver."
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