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Trouble in Tarmiyah

Tarmiyah, a little town on the west bank of the Euphrates about 30 miles north of Baghdad, is one of the leading indicator towns in Iraq. When Tarmiyah is unhappy, it tends to mean that rural Sunnis are feeling pressure of some sort, I think. There was a rough little fight there that I wrote ...

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Tarmiyah, a little town on the west bank of the Euphrates about 30 miles north of Baghdad, is one of the leading indicator towns in Iraq. When Tarmiyah is unhappy, it tends to mean that rural Sunnis are feeling pressure of some sort, I think. There was a rough little fight there that I wrote about in The Gamble. I mention it now because there was a gunfight with police there the other day, and an attack on the mayor’s office.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com.

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