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Iraqiya, Kurds hold Maliki removal meetings

Sam Dagher reports for The Wall Street Journal:

Iraq's political crisis escalated Wednesday as two groups within the government's ruling coalition met to discuss the possibility of ousting Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, amid a surge in violence.

In Baghdad, Ayad Allawi, the Shiite former prime minister who leads a mainly Sunni contingent within the government, met with his Iraqiya group to discuss ways to ease Mr. Maliki out of his role, while Kurdish leaders met in Erbil, the capital of the semi-independent Kurdish region, with the same goal.

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