File - Iraqis consider Maliki “the best of the worst.”
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A casual wave to fellow diners in a Baghdad restaurant in 2008 sealed Nouri al-Maliki's reputation as the man who restored a degree of normalcy to a city that civil war had nearly destroyed.Maliki portrays himself as preventing Sunni extremists in Iraq's Anbar province and neighboring Syria from hurting the Shiites, a sharp contrast with his nonsectarian message at the last election in March 2010, a year and a half before U.S. troops withdrew.A Shiite tribal leader from northern Baghdad warned last week that any successor would have to rebuild a military leadership dependent on Maliki, with ISIS just 26 km from Baghdad, almost within reach of Shiite neighborhoods.Jabor says Maliki has mismanaged the war, arguing that the prime minister's moment of greatness after he ended the civil war in 2008 has long passed.Late last year, Maliki's circle expected the Shiite public to voice dissatisfaction with the prime minister over his inability to stop Sunni militants or drastically improve the ailing economy.If and when a leader emerges with serious support, Maliki is ready.
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