Baghdad Under Curfew; Maliki Faces Boycott
Baghdad remains under curfew after a bloody week in which hundreds were killed and the capital slipped closer and closer to all-out civil war.
The curfew seemed to be holding Saturday in Sadr City and other hotspots, as the Iraq government sought ways to control the violence and restore calm.
Roadblocks and an increased police presence were signs of a renewed commitment to the curfew; on Friday, the violence raged amid nearly no evidence of a curfew.
With President Bush scheduled to meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki next week, allies of Moqtada al-Sadr are threatening to boycott the government if the meeting in Jordan proceeds as planned. Sadr's coalition is a main backer of Maliki.
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