The Iraq Report: Maliki leak scandal causes political storm

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As Iraq continues to face an uphill battle to form a government more than nine months after the last general election in October, a new stumbling block in the political reconciliation process caused by a former prime minister has caused outrage. Nouri al-Maliki – who was prime minister when the Islamic State (IS) group conquered a third of Iraq in 2014 – has been the centre of attention once more after an Iraqi activist leaked audio recordings of the former premier insulting a number of senior Shia political figures, including election front runner Moqtada al-Sadr. With a violent history betwe…

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