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    No Sign Of Surrender As Iraq's Maliki Fights For Political Life


    by Wochit

    In eight years in power, Iraq's prime minister Nuri al-Maliki has never faced such a threat. Swathes of his country have fallen to Sunni insurgents. Rivals are seeking his downfall. Foreign sponsors in Washington and Tehran are wary or worse. Even friends are openly contemplating his demise. Yet the virtuoso player of Iraq's political game shows no sign of surrendering any time soon.