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Truce Proposal Splits Sunni Protesters in Iraq

A truce proposal between Sunnis protesting in Anbar and the Iraqi government has been accepted by some Sunnis but rejected by others, reports Ali Abel Sadah.
Iraqi Sunni Muslims participate in an anti-government demonstration in Falluja, 50 km (31 miles) west of Baghdad May 3, 2013. Tens of thousands of Sunni Muslims poured onto the streets of Ramadi and Falluja in the western province of Anbar following Friday prayers, in their biggest show of strength since the outbreak of protests last year. REUTERS/Mohanned Faisal (IRAQ - Tags: RELIGION POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTXZ985
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A leading figure of the recent sit-in protests in Anbar (west of Baghdad) revealed that Sunni politician and Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq has been mediating with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to calm things down. But this is causing sharp divisions among the participating groups of the sit-in.

The leader told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity that “a meeting was held at a house of one the largest Sunni tribes in Ramadi. The meeting included many sit-in leaders as well as representatives of extremist Sunni parties to hear a proposal about how to resolve the crisis and reduce the possibility of sliding into military confrontations.”

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