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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

What was Chalabi doing in Damascus?

The New York Sun's Eli Lake reports on Ahmad Chalabi's mysterious visit to Syria, where he met, among others, the Syrian Foreign Minister. Whose envoy was he acting as? Not Maliki's; the PM has his own channels to the Syrians, and certainly not Talabani's. There is an implication that Khalilzad was behind this and, by extension, the White House would have to be involved?

Plus, there is this interesting tidbit:

To that end, the State Department has already informed the Jordanian and Egyptian foreign ministry of a scenario whereby Mr. Maliki would stay in power, but Mr. Sadr would be marginalized.