Viewing conflicts through the eye of Counterinsurgency COIN – Since 2007
By Mariam Karouny Tue May 15, 6:00 PM ET
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – An Iraqi committee agreed on Tuesday to send to parliament a plan to reform the constitution, an important step towards implementing national reconciliation laws that Washington says are critical to ending violence.
Once-dominant Sunni Arabs, who make up the backbone of the insurgency, have long demanded changes to a constitution they say concedes too much power to majority Shi’ites and ethnic Kurds, who were persecuted under.
U.S., under pressure to show tangible progress in the four-year-old war, has piled pressure on Iraqi leaders to agree power-sharing legislation.
Such laws, which include sharing Iraq’s vast oil wealth and ending a ban on former members of Saddam’s party from public office, are particularly aimed at assuaging Sunnis Arabs and bringing them firmly into the U.S.-backed political process.
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