Petraeus Hid Maliki Resistance to US Troops in Basra

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In Congressional testimony last week, Gen. Petraeus portrayed Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki's late March offensive in Basra as a poorly planned effort that departed from what U.S. officials had expected.

What Petraeus did not reveal is that al-Maliki was deliberately upsetting a Petraeus plan to put U.S. and British forces into Basra for a months-long operation to eliminate the Mahdi Army from the city.

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