Compare these two headlines about Iraq, both from today. Who do you believe? Who has a reason to lie to us and who is telling the truth?
Iraq’s Prime Minister, Nouri Maliki, has called for a summit of the nation’s main political factions in an attempt to break Iraq’s political paralysis.
In recent weeks almost all Sunni members of the cabinet have quit. Others are boycotting meetings, leaving at least 17 cabinet seats empty.
Many of them have accused Mr Maliki of sidelining them.
A BBC correspondent says the crisis is worrying for the US, which wants to see progress before withdrawing troops.
“I have called the political leaders for a meeting to discuss the main issues in the political process. The first meeting may
happen tomorrow or the day after tomorrow,” Mr Maliki announced on Sunday.
A senior Kurdish leader, Massoud Barzani, has already arrived in Baghdad for the talks.
It is expected he will play a key role in the negotiations, says the BBC’s Richard Galpin in Baghdad.
In particular he will try to get the Sunni parties to decide whether to rejoin the government or go into opposition.
KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — President Bush, presiding over a nation dispirited by wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, on Saturday cast both conflicts in terms of “encouraging news.” In stating his case, the president emphasized enemy
“Our new strategy is delivering good results,” Bush said of Iraq in his weekly radio address, taped at his parents’ summer home on the rocky coast of Maine.
The president said his buildup of U.S. forces in Iraq, designed to provide security for the Iraqi government, was taking hold and showing gains. He acknowledged again, though, that Iraq has made frustratingly
slow political progress.
Bush’s comments came as Washington, like much of the nation, has shifted into vacation time. He said that in an otherwise slow news month, the war against terrorists rages on.