Mehdi Army fighters loyal to Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr participate in military-style training in the street in Basra, southeast of Baghdad, June 20, 2014. REUTERS/ Essam Al-Sudani
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U.S. intelligence agencies have repeatedly warned top government officials that Iraq's Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki and his policies were gravely antagonizing his country's Sunni population, two U.S. security officials said on Friday.The officials said the warnings were contained in secret intelligence reports and analyses presented in the last two years to policymaking officials, including President Barack Obama.The presentation did not mention Maliki by name or say that his government had contributed to the alienation of Sunnis although warnings in classified reports by U.S. agencies were intensifying about that time, the security officials said.U.S. officials have been worried about Maliki's sectarian approach to governing and lack of action to reconcile with Sunnis since not long after he took office.
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