September 30, 2008 5:27 PM

Surge test: Will Iraq's government back Sunni militias?

The success of the U.S. troop surge in Iraq was possible in large part because of the creation of Sunni Muslim militias that rose up against Islamic extremists and allied themslves with U.S. forces. Now the control of those forces is passing to the Shiite-led government of Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki. American officials are watching closely, worried that the transition won't go well.

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