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Views of Maliki encapsulate Iraq's stark sectarian split
Views of Maliki encapsulate Iraq's stark sectarian split

This poor, sun-scorched village on the Euphrates is like so many in Iraq: The electricity is spotty, the sewer system a mess, the main road an obstacle course of potholes. Oddly, many residents see these problems as a credit to Junaja's most famous native, former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki. "He didn't favor one place or one person over any other," said Saif Jubouri, a 22-year-old clerk at a convenience store a stone's throw from Maliki's boyhood home. "This is his birthplace so you might expect he would have turned it into a palace. But he treated everyone equally." The portrayal of Maliki in Western capitals and in much of Iraq...

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