At AntiWar Radio, Patrick Cockburn discusses the power Muqtada al-Sadr holds in still unresolved March election in Iraq, ‘Al Qaeda in Iraq’ and its distinction from Osama bin Laden’s network, the violent sectarian conditions that remain in post-Surge Iraq, the improbability of a military coup in Baghdad or another full-scale civil war and the devil’s playground of foreign powers created by the cynical political squabbles (16:56):

26 Aug 2010 | AntiWar Radio

Patrick Cockburn, Middle East correspondent for The Independent, discusses the revival of al-Qaeda in Iraq (and its minimal relation to bin Laden’s group), how the Sadrists are the only grass roots political movement in Iraq, how Prime Minister Maliki’s grip on power is an impediment to a coalition government and why the decisive outcome of Iraq’s civil war greatly decreases the chance of another major conflict.

Patrick Cockburn was awarded the 2009 Orwell Prize for political writing in British journalism. He is the Middle East correspondent for The Independent and a frequent contributor to CounterPunch.org. Cockburn is the author of The Occupation: War, Resistance and Daily Life in Iraq and Muqtada Al-Sadr and the Battle for the Future of Iraq.

Scott Horton is the host of AntiWar Radio at the Liberty Radio Network, 95.9 FM in Austin, Texas and 88,3 FM in Riverside, Calif. As an associate editor at AntiWar.com, he also blogs there and at his site, The Stress Blog. Listen to his full interview achive, follow him on Twitter and Facebook, and donate to AntiWar.com here.

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